COVID-19: Keeping Your Hands Clean

April 29, 2020

Good hand hygiene and porta potties in Chattanooga, TN has always been a smart combination. Currently, the world is fighting the spread of COVID-19, a highly contagious virus that has only increased concerns about public sanitation. Improper handwashing is one such concern. This and not washing your hands at all after using the restroom is completely unacceptable, whether we are battling a pandemic or not.

Health officials want us to stay at home, socially/physically distance ourselves from each other and wash our hands frequently. These simple actions are saving lives every single day. That said, by now you know that proper handwashing technique prevents the spread of common illnesses like the flu and the common cold—keep it up to prevent COVID-19 as well! With this in mind, here are some important things to keep in mind about hand cleanliness.

When and where to wash your hands

Checking the mail, going to the grocery store, utilizing restrooms and fueling up your vehicle all require hand-to-surface contact. Because your hands will pick up dirt, germs and bacteria from all types of surfaces, it’s imperative that you wash them after touching anything—especially after being out in a public space. Another pertinent time to wash hands is before and after handling food. If you cough or sneeze into your hands, wash with soap and water as soon as possible.

Proper handwashing

Believe it or not, not everyone knows how to wash their hands effectively. For starters, all the parts of your hands should be washed thoroughly—including fingertips, thumbs and palms. However, in the age of COVID-19, it doesn’t hurt to wash all the way up your wrists and forearms, too.

To wash your hands effectively, wet them with warm water, apply a good amount of an anti-bacterial soap, rub your palms together and lather up the aforementioned parts of your hands. Interlace your fingers, then wash the backs of your fingers with your palms and rotate your thumbs between each finger. Lather for at least 20 seconds. Rinse well with water and dry off with a clean towel. Avoid hand dryers, as the vents can harbor germs and blow them onto freshly cleaned hands.

Other ways to clean your hands

Not everyone can stay home during this time. If you’re considered an essential worker, be sure to practice good hand hygiene in any way you can, as long as it’s an effective cleaning method. Utilize handwashing stations, whether inside a building’s restroom or at a portable handwashing station. No soap and water? Use hand sanitizer stations, or better yet, carry a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer on your person at all times.

You know that handwashing after using luxury porta potties in Chattanooga, TN can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but if you want to know more about what Pit Stop Portables is doing to ensure porta potty cleanliness, feel free to reach out to us with your questions. We look forward to helping do our part to prevent the spread of this virus!

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