During this time of heightened vigilance against spreading germs, frequent and thorough handwashing is important. Regular and thorough handwashing is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a preventive strategy to reduce the likelihood of transmitting both viral and bacterial borne diseases. It is the mechanical action of washing which removes the germs from your hands and protects you from diseases.
How does Coronavirus spread?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases. COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus¹.
The virus can spread from person to person through¹:
- close contact with an infectious person (including in the 24 hours before they started showing symptoms)
- contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
- touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face
How can I protect myself / my family?
To prevent the spread of viruses, practise good hygiene and social distancing. Please refer to the www.health.gov.au website for the latest updates and information.
Good hygiene includes¹:
- covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
- disposing of tissues properly and immediately
- washing your hands often with soap and water, including beforeand after eating and after going to the toilet
- using alcohol-based hand sanitisers
- cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
- if you are sick, avoiding contact with others. Stay home and self isolate from others in your household
- cleaning and sanitising frequently used objects such as mobiles,keys and wallets.
Wash your hands often to stay healthy²:
- whenever you touch something that may be contaminated
- before eating, and before, during and after preparing food
- if you are in contact with someone who is sick
- after you use the bathroom
- after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing
- before and after tending to a sick person, or a baby.
Handwashing with Soap-Free wash vs traditional soaps
Products known as soap-substitutes (Soap-Free cleansers) perform the same hand sanitising role as traditional soaps. However, these provide moisture to the skin and minimise the risk of irritation and dryness.
Washing your hands properly with water and soap or a gentle non-soap based cleanser such as DermaVeen® Soap-Free Wash is one of the best ways to help prevent the spread of viruses.
Soap or non-soap cleansers combined with a thorough hand washing technique can gently and effectively help lift dirt, grease, and other contaminants such as bacteria and viruses from skin without stripping away the body’s natural moisture.
How to wash with DermaVeen® Soap-Free cleansers
Follow Five Steps to wash your hands the Right Way²
WET your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply DermaVeen® Soap-Free cleaner.
LATHER your hands by rubbing them together with the soap-free cleanser. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
SCRUB your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a tip for timing wash? – Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
RINSE your hands well under clean, running water.
DRY your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
How to care for skin when washing hands more often
- Moisturisers, such as DermaVeen® Intensive Moisturising Lotion, are an essential part of protecting irritated, sensitive skin. With 100% natural colloidal oatmeal, DermaVeen® Intensive Moisturising Lotion forms a protective moisture layer to soothe, protect and calm dry, sensitive skin. It is a rich lotion that deeply replenishes the skin without feeling greasy.
- An overnight moisturising treatment may also be beneficial, such as DermaVeen® Intensive Moisturising Cream. A rich formula containing Shea Butter for extra hydration, it should be applied in a generous layer before going to bed.
- TIP: Carry a pocket moisturiser with you, such as DermaVeen® Hand Cream, and apply immediately after using hand sanitiser to help protect against skin irritation.