Why soap and water hand washing will continue to be essential

A nurse washing hands with a MediWash at a ward entrance

Those “same old germs” will be back again…

Effective soap and water hand washing has been an essential activity during the current pandemic. Now things are being relaxed to a greater or lesser degree, hand hygiene should remain to the fore of everyone’s thoughts, according to a recent report on the Freeport Journal-Standard website.

The article is written by Margie Kochsmier MSN, RN, CMSRN, CIC who is an infection preventionist at FHN. She warns that many of the “same old germs” that everyone has to contend with which can lead to gastrointestinal illnesses, are going to again be an issue – particularly as the winter months approach.

E. coli and norovirus are the two that Ms Kochsmier highlights. The latter, also referred to as viral gastroenteritis, was first identified as recently as 1972 and is easily spread. Unfortunately, says the article, gels and sanitisers are not able to halt its proliferation.

“Hand sanitizer is not effective for some stomach bugs like norovirus. For germs like that, we have always had to rely on washing your hands with plain old soap and water before you eat and after you use the restroom.”

Guarding against norovirus

It’s “a tough little bug” says the report, being able to stay in an individual’s system for up to 2 weeks – long after their recovery from the illness. And worryingly, it can it can apparently survive on surfaces for as many as 12 days. Washing before eating is therefore highly advisable.

“Wash hands with soap and water before you eat. Hand sanitizer is not effective for norovirus.”

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Soap and water hand washing – wherever it can be most effective!

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There are vehicle mounted, wall mounted, mains powered and free standing hand wash stations as well as mobile sinks for use with pre-heated hot water.

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