Drivers can help to stop the spread of viruses with this simple technique

The HSE have produced a video to help stop the spread of the virus. Every day in Ireland, hundreds of people get sick because of healthcare-associated infections. These infections can cause serious illness and sometimes even death.

Having clean hands is the best way to stop the spread of harmful germs.

Clean your hands

Use soap and water or alcohol hand rub to clean your hands regularly.

How to wash your hands with soap and water
Wet your hands with warm water and apply soap.
Rub your hands together until the soap forms a lather.
Rub the top of your hands, between your fingers and under your fingernails.
Do this for about 20 seconds.
Rinse your hands under running water.
Dry your hands with a clean towel or paper towel.

Hand hygiene at home

When you’re at home or not in hospital, make sure you clean your hands:

  • after you use the toilet
  • once you clean up after your pet
  • before you prepare food, handle food or eat
  • after touching raw meat
  • after you use public transport
  • when you get home after meeting lots of people

Cleaning your hands can help you avoid:

  • colds and flu
  • tummy bugs that cause diarrhoea, such as norovirus
  • eye infections such as conjunctivitis
  • superbugs such as MRSA and VRE

Many of these infections are common in children. Parents and childcare workers should always make sure children clean their hands regularly.