Protecting others from infectious diseases goes beyond proper hygiene compliance — it also means protecting the truth.
Gone viral — Misinformation can spread like an infectious disease
In an age of fake news, it is important to separate fact from fiction.
Whether in everyday life, work environments, healthcare facilities, or in travel scenarios — a lot has changed, and the topic of hygiene has become central to all of these spaces of human activity and interaction. This increase in awareness also led to an increase of information — some helpful and some plain false.
Here you’ll find some Dos and Don’ts of hygiene that will get you through the summer and beyond!
Hand Hygiene Dos & Don’ts
"Hand disinfection and hand washing are not interchangeable."
Don’t: rely exclusively on only washing or only disinfecting your hands.
Besides droplet infection, our hands are the most frequent transmission path, which can only be interrupted by regular hand hygiene.
When can you wash your hands?
- Before eating
- After using the toilet
- When coming in from outside
- After blowing your nose
When can you disinfect your hands?
- In case you can‘t wash your hands
- After using public transport
- After contact with frequently touched surfaces
- After blowing your nose
Do: Lend others a helping hand.
Surface Hygiene Dos & Don’ts:
"Take your time!"
Do: take advantage of universally applicable, clinical-strength wipes on the go.
Barrier Hygiene Dos & Don’ts:
"Non-medical masks are a great way to stay safe, but only when used properly."
Don’t: wear a mask while exercising!
The important preventative measure during exercise is to maintain physical distance of at least 1.5 meters from others.
Another misconception regarding protective accessories we’d like to clear up once and for all: wearing rubber gloves while out in public is NOT effective in preventing the spread of infectious diseases. Regularly washing your hands offers more protection.
Do: treat your mask correctly.
There’s little use in protective barrier hygiene measures if they aren’t used properly.
Here are some simple steps you can follow while handling and wearing your mask:
- Clean your hands before touching the mask
- Inspect the mask for damage or dirt
- Adjust the mask to your face without leaving gaps at the sides
- Cover your mouth, nose, and chin
- Avoid touching the mask
- Clean your hands before removing the mask
- Remove the mask by the straps behind the ears or head
- Pull the mask away from your face
- Store the mask in a clean, plastic, resealable bag if it is not dirty or wet and you plan to re-wear it
- Remove the mask by the straps when taking it out of the bag
- Wash the mask in soap or detergent, preferably with hot water, at least once a day
- Clean your hands after removing your mask