The World Health Organisation (WHO) has now classified the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic. With the number of confirmed cases of the virus ever-increasing, Trudi Osborne, Marketing Manager at Airdri, explains why washroom hygiene is more important than ever.

“It’s more important than ever to practice good

hygiene habits, yet so many people undermine decent handwashing practice by failing to dry their hands properly afterwards.”

It is estimated that 80% of communicable diseases are passed on by touch. We’ve heard this statistic many times in recent weeks as Covid-19 continues to spread across the globe. It’s a figure that is intrinsically linked to the first line of defence against the coronavirus – thorough hand washing and drying.

Experts believe that Covid-19 is spread through cough droplets which are transferred from the face to the hands and then onto surfaces. Although it is common knowledge that our hands harbour and transmit such germs, it is worrying to note that only 20% of the population manage to wash their hands effectively after using the toilet. Even more concerning is that almost 40% don’t think to wash their hands after sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose.

It shouldn’t take a pandemic like this to get everyone to wash their hands regularly, but here we are. It’s more important than ever to practice good hygiene habits, yet so many people undermine decent handwashing practice by failing to dry their hands properly afterwards. Make sure your hand hygiene routine wins the war against viruses and bacteria, by following these simple steps.

Tip #1: Make sure you wash your hands properly. A quick rinse under the cold tap is ineffective. The NHS recommends you spend at least twenty seconds washing your hands and forearms, with soap and then rinsing. Most people only spend around six seconds washing. Don’t let this be you.

Tip #2: Following hand washing guidelines is completely undermined if you don’t dry them afterwards. Damp hands are a thousand times more likely to spread germs than dry


hands and don’t think that wiping your wet hands across your germ-covered jeans or coat will suffice. According to the WHO, to protect yourself against the new coronavirus, once your hands are cleaned you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air dryer. Both are efficient at drying hands and removing excess bacteria.

Tip #3: So, we’ve got our hands washed? Check. We’ve dried them effectively? Yes. All done then? Well, not so much if the environment is dirty and unhygienic. Maintaining a high level of cleanliness is vital to removing the opportunity for germs to breed, potentially undoing the good work of a hand- washing regime. This should be even more of a priority in the current context of the Covid-19 outbreak.

We know that this coronavirus strain is airborne and it is likely transferred by touching contaminated surfaces. The Airdri Air Purifier must therefore represent an extremely valuable addition to any washroom. The unit can sit discretely in the top corner of a washroom, covering a floor area of up to 30m2

, and is proven to kill up to 98.11%

of viruses and bacteria that can be found on washroom surfaces and in the air. This product has already been rolled out to Airdri’s production facilities in China and its UK headquarters to help protect colleagues.

Making sure that we follow good hygiene habits is always a good idea, but now more than ever, it is essential to do everything we can to protect ourselves, and the more vulnerable in society, by reducing the risk of the spread of infection.

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