Sometimes, the simplest, centuries-old methods are still the best option.
When it comes to helping to prevent the spread of disease, washing [PROPERLY] with good, old-fashioned soap & water is still our most effective weapon -- Seriously.
As the reality of our nation’s situation begins to sink in, it is important that we all realize we are in this together & we each need to do our part to slow the spread of the devastating pandemic we are facing. We need to act together, to suppress both panic & cavalier attitudes about what we are battling.
Many people are feeling helpless in the face of COVID-19, but washing our hands properly & frequently with soap & water is public health practice each of us has control over that will significantly slow the rate of transmission-- but only if everyone does it consistently. Our hands are the most common way this virus is spread from person to person.Let's examine just how soap works.....
Just how does washing with soap help?
Soap works by rupturing & breaking ‘lipid-membrane type’ virus & bacteria molecules apart, & then surrounding the fragments & severing the chemical bonds that allow the undesirable materials [viruses, grime, bacteria] to stick to skin surfaces. Securely surrounded by the soap molecules, the trapped microorganisms & proteins are then safely rinsed away. Coronaviruses, like COVID-19, as well as herpes, H.I.V, & Ebola to name a few, are all in this ‘lipid-membrane’ family, making thorough hand-washing an incredibly effective means of preventing their spread.
Proper technique is key.
Proper technique is key ensuring the virus molecules are destroyed, a quick rinse is not sufficient.
Effective hand washing involves the following steps:
Inexpensive & effective… In this age of advanced technology, it is truly remarkable that such a simple & ancient item as soap can help us the way it does.
In the face of this global pandemic, washing your hands frequently is one of the least expensive & most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 that we have in our arsenal.
So, stay safe, stay home, don’t panic, but don’t take this too lightly either. Practice social distancing, ensure you have the proper provisions--and for goodness sake--
WASH YOUR HANDS! Soap = Hope. We are all in this together.