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Your health is in YOUR hands

You’ve got to hand it to some people – a bar of soap. Senior writer Lara Pickford-Gordon writes on why we must maintain hygienic practices, now and always.

The new coronavirus, SAR CoV-2, causing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has forced us to pay attention to our hygienic practices. Personal responsibility in safeguarding one’s health and not compromising the health of others has been emphasised in responding to this pandemic.

‘Wash your hands’ has become a mantra today but the fact is proper hand washing is not second nature to many people. How many of us scrub our hands for 20 seconds? What about precautions when coughing and sneezing? The “farmer’s blow”—a blowing of the nose accomplished by plugging one nostril and blowing forcefully out of the other—has not been eliminated.  Spitting and urinating in public are not uncommon.

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