Safely managed water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services are an essential part of preventing and protecting human health during infectious disease outbreaks, including the current COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most cost-effective strategies for increasing pandemic preparedness,
especially in resource-constrained settings, is investing in core public health infrastructure, including water and sanitation systems. Good WASH and waste management practices, that are consistently applied, serve as barriers to human-to-human transmission of the COVID-19 virus in homes, communities, health care facilities, schools, and other public spaces.
According to a WHO/UNICEF technical brief on hygiene and waste management for COVID-19:
- Frequent and proper hand hygiene is one of the most important measures that can be used to prevent infection with the COVID-19 virus. WASH services should enable more frequent and regular hand hygiene by improving facilities and using proven behavior change techniques.
- WHO guidance on the safe management of drinking water and sanitation services applies to the COVID-19 outbreak. Measures that go above and beyond these recommendations are not needed.
- Many co-benefits will be realized by safely managing WASH services and applying good hygiene practices. Such efforts will prevent other infectious diseases, which cause millions of deaths each year.
Personal hygiene and cleanliness are virtues that have been known to society since ancient times. Yet, factors such as neglect due to lack of time and access to resources, poverty, and in most cases, lack of awareness continue to lead to unhygienic practices even in the modern world. It could be wearing the same clothes for days, not washing hands before meals, and other such habits that many people continued with until the microbe struck.
Social distancing and masks
This is a viral pandemic that spreads through respiratory droplets. When an infected person releases such droplets in the air, they are estimated to travel up to around six feet. Any healthy person coming in close proximity with someone infected can end up inhaling the contaminated droplets. Thus, it is highly advised that we should maintain a distance of about six feet or more from other people in public spaces. Wearing a face mask is also a mandatory requirement these days as it can block the heavy respiratory droplets and prevent accidental inhalation.
Hand hygiene The second-most prevalent channel of spread is when someone touches a contaminated surface which might have accumulated respiratory droplets or been touched by an infected person. Surfaces like door knobs/handles, counters, poles and switches etc., in public buildings and vehicles can prove to be risky as we are prone to touch our face quite frequently. Hence, hand hygiene measures such as washing them frequently with soap and water especially after coming home or after touching an object or surface plays a crucial role in keeping them germ-free. Usage of Clensta Hand Wash would help you prevent 99.9% disease causing germs.
Sanitisation Hygiene of surfaces wasn’t a high focus area prior to the pandemic for most of us. As long as a surface looked clean, it was considered safe, but that’s not the case anymore. No matter how clean or sparkling a surface looks, it could still be teeming with harmful microbes, invisible to the eye. Hence, it has become a habit to sanitise surfaces frequently especially in public spaces. People prefer to get seats sanitised before occupying them and we have all learned to become extra cautious about the hygiene and sanitation of our surroundings.
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