A healthy habit for a happy Christmas
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Handwashing Index, a study commissioned by Safeguard, reveals that Filipinos need to improve on their hand washing habits.
For instance, only 2 out of 10 Filipino adults wash their hands with soap after using a public toilet, the study says.
This habit spreads germs. On average, we touch more than 23 people per day. And during Christmas, when we come into contact with loved ones, friends of friends, and far-off cousins, this number significantly increases — meaning there are more opportunities for germs to spread.
But you can do something about it. Read on to find out how and when you can protect your family from germs this holiday season.
When we welcome someone into our house, hugging, kissing, or shaking hands are among the first forms of pleasantries we exchange.
However, the same study says that up to 50% of Filipinos don’t wash their hands after using public transportation. Another 80% don’t after shaking hands.
Tight-knit families show their affection through touch. But it’s more important to do so by washing your hands before you touch your loved ones. This spreads good cheer and a festive mood.
Cooking for holiday dinners
Christmas is a special occasion when the whole family comes together not just to eat, but to show off their prowess in the kitchen.
But you might spread germs onto the food, like the 50% of Filipinos who don’t use soap to wash their hands before preparing dishes.
Washing with just water doesn’t cut it. It’s important to wash your hands with soap as well.
This way, you can enjoy a filling and heart-warming noche buena with your family and friends.
Playing with kids
One of our favorite things about holiday parties is bonding with kid relatives we haven’t seen in months.
However, 66% of Filipinos have seen children not washing their hands after using the toilet. Another 40% don’t wash their hands before interacting with young children.
57% of Filipinos learned about handwashing on their own. You can make it one of your Christmas gifts to teach kids about the importance of this habit. Make it fun and interactive. Because isn’t Christmas all about rediscovering the child in you?
Spread love, not germs
This Christmas, help everyone enjoy the holidays by washing your hands with Safeguard, the trusted partner in superior germ protection.
Do your part in keeping your loved ones healthy. Showing how much you care doesn't require shelling out cash. It can be as simple as making sure you don't spread diseases to your family and friends.
Instead of spreading germs, make it your gift to spread the Christmas spirit.
Watch the video below to learn when you should wash hands this festive season!— Rappler.com