The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us a lot of things, the main one being the importance of sanitising and keeping our hands clean.
Our hands are breeding grounds for germs that cause a lot of diseases. If we don’t wash our hands and keep them clean, we can easily pass these germs to other people. Although we all know this, sometimes we forget to wash our hands or simply ignore washing them.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought a new culture. The culture of frequently washing and sanitising our hands. People of all ages are washing their hands more regularly these days.
This simple technique is one of the most effective ways of curbing the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The virus has brought the entire world to a standstill. In Kenya, 303 people have tested positive for the virus.
Experts believe that if the handwashing culture becomes entrenched in society, we just might emerge from the pandemic healthier. The disease pattern of the flu, common cold and other respiratory ailments will reduce.
The will be a significant decline in the number of people getting sick, and deaths will also significantly reduce. If any other pandemic hits, medics can slow down its effects in a short time.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did a study in Western Kenya in 2017. The study showed that handwashing could significantly lower one’s risk of contracting respiratory diseases.
By teaching people about handwashing, they can lead healthier lives. It also reduces the number of people that get sick with diarrhoea.
“Handwashing should always be our first line of defence. Currently, we are religiously washing our hands because we do not want to contract the new coronavirus, but we are unknowingly keeping most diseases at bay. I am sure that in the coming months, the number of children who will get sick because of germ-transmitted infections will have reduced,” Dr Otieno says.