Hands + Soap & Water = Clean, Healthy Hands.
The world’s most powerful, proven formula for strong hand hygiene has gained even more strength in the age of the Coronavirus. From Denmark to Chile, New York City to New Guinea, regular handwashing across the planet is saving numerous lives every day.
The theme for Global Handwashing Day 2022 is truly a message for everyone on Earth: Unite for Universal Hand Hygiene. This October 15 brings a renewed awareness that the power and tools to keep ourselves, our families, neighbors, communities, states and countries safe from COVID-19 and countless other viral health threats lie in our hands. We all can change and course correct the state of the world’s health. COVID-19 has claimed the lives of over 6.5 million people worldwide as of September 30, per Worldometer.
Handwashing with soap is a remarkably effective and affordable way to prevent diseases such as COVID-19 and save lives.
“Until COVID-19 happened, handwashing and its importance in preventing the spread of diseases is something most of us probably never gave much thought to,” National Today.com notes. “But the global pandemic has really shone a light on the importance of handwashing, meaning this day carries extra relevance.”
What we’ve learned from the pandemic can educate us on the impact timely handwashing can have on the health and wellbeing of ourselves and others.
“Leveraging the learnings from recent years, the time to accelerate hand hygiene progress is now – and it requires a collective effort to enact real change,” Global Handwashing.org stresses. “As the world moves beyond COVID-19 to our new normal, we must unite for universal hand hygiene.”
Global Handwashing Day, which was founded in 2008 by the Global Handwashing Partnership, is more than a call to action. GHD started with 120 children across the world washing their hands with soap in more than 70 counties. Today, it’s a timely reminder that strong hand hygiene health starts with each of us. Governments, schools, international institutions, private companies and individuals all over the globe are answering the call.
As we all know, germs run wild and make people sick when we don’t wash our hands with soap and water.
“This is why handwashing is so important, especially at key times such as after using the bathroom, when preparing food, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose,” The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes.
This October 15 and every day, let’s all answer the global handwashing call. For the power of clean hands knows no limits.