why we should invest in hand hygiene post-pandemic


n today’s world, three out of ten or 2.3 billion people representing 29% of the world’s population don’t have access to handwashing facilities like water and soap available at home. This can also be seen in some high-income settings.

Two out of five schools worldwide do not have basic hygiene services that include water and soap. This affects 818 million students.

One out of three healthcare facilities globally lacks hand hygiene at points where patients receive care.

Because of Covid-19, hand hygiene received exceptional attention as washing hands with soap and water has been referred to as a critical part of the fight against the spread of coronavirus.

In other words, handwashing with soap and water helped to lower the risk of transmitting the virus by 36%.

Nations around the world demonstrated their leadership during the pandemic by facilitating a culture of hand hygiene. This they have done by solidifying new requirements for hand hygiene in institutional settings, especially in the healthcare sector where prevention and control of the virus are so crucial for safe care. Individually, a lot more people globally value and carry out hand hygiene because of its life-saving impact.

Varun Goswami
 Varun Goswami
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