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Proper hand washing with soap prevents intestinal and respiratory diseases.

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In a unique context of a pandemic in which health becomes a priority, prevention and personal care are a fundamental basis to be able to combat the disease.

Good hygiene prevents different types of diseases, that is why it is very important to maintain personal cleanliness, lshaking hands, like that of the food and beverages we consume.

Some of the most frequent illnesses of poor hygiene derive in diarrhea, influenza, hepatitis, pneumonia, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) and skin infections.

According to data from Unicef, washing hands with soap can reduce the incidence of respiratory infections by 23%, such as pneumonia, which is the leading cause of death for children under the age of five and kills 1.8 million each year. Boys. The germs that cause these diseases are transmitted by the ingestion of water, food or due to poor hand washing.

Frequent hand washing is one of the most reliable tools to avoid illness and, in case of not being able to carry it out, it can be replaced with the use of alcohol gel, rubbing it on the hands for 30 seconds.

Regardless of the care measures imposed by the coronavirus, there are everyday situations that require hand washing due to contact with microbes and bacteria. Rigorous hand washing is required for the following household tasks:

1) After using the bathroom.
2) After cleaning the stool of a child or being in contact with any other stool.
3) Before, during and after preparing food.
4) Before eating.
5) Before and after caring for someone who is sick.
6) Before and after treating a wound or cut.
7) After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
8) After touching animals, their food or their excrement.
9) After touching garbage.
10) When returning from the street.