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What Is the Best Way to Get Rid of Germs?

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by the team at Speedoc, February 6, 2020

With the COVID-19 outbreak spread across more than 25 countries in a span of less than 2 months, fear and panic have started to take root. 

We know that COVID-19 transmits through surface contact. When someone sneezes or coughs, the droplets fall onto the surfaces of tables and chairs for example. Following that, if someone else touches the surfaces, the virus can be transferred to his hand and if he then rubs his eyes or nose without washing his hands, he may become infected.

So what is the most effective way to clean your hands and protect yourself from COVID-19? Hand sanitiser, antiseptic wipes?

Did you know that sometimes wet wipes actually spread germs rather than remove them?

According to public health experts, the best way is actually to wash your hands. 

Proper handwashing is the first line of defence against the spread of germs. Soap and water remove a substantial amount of all kinds of germs off your hands, so ensure that your hands stay clean by washing them frequently.

Are you washing your hands thoroughly? It’s not just the act of rubbing your hands and lathering with soap. Remember these 8 steps of handwashing techniques.

Proper Handwashing Technique

Scrub these areas:

  • Palm to palm
  • Between fingers
  • Back of hands & between fingers
  • Back of fingers
  • Base of thumbs
  • Fingernails on palms
  • Wrists

Dry your hands with a dryer, clean cloth (that you clean & dry regularly) or tissue.

Make a habit to wash your hands

Before and after

  • Preparing food
  • Meals
  • Attending to someone who’s unwell
  • Wearing contact lenses
  • Treating a wound

After

  • Using the toilet
  • Wiping or blowing your nose
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Touching common surfaces like door handles/lift buttons
  • Touching an animal/animal waste
  • Handling garbage

Consult with fully accredited medical professionals from Speedoc

If you are experiencing fever and flu-like symptoms, with recent travel to China, please proceed to the nearest public hospital. For everything else, you can schedule a visit by one of Speedoc’s fully accredited professionals by downloading our app on the App Store or Google Play Store or hotline at +65 8180 8948. 

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