Corona virus
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How to protect yourself from corona virus

The campaign "Protect yourself and others" FOPH (Federal Office of Public Health / BAG)

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Washing hands best protects against viral and bacterial diseases. Facts:

So do it right (Source: Tages-Anzeiger 26. 2. 2020 / Sebastian Broschinski):


First, get your hands wet under running water. Coarse dirt is already removed.


Soap your hands, if possible with liquid soap and not with soap bars - this is more hygienic. But if you wash your hands without soap, you can just as well leave it at that.


Rub your hands until it foams. Don't forget the back of your hand, between your fingers, under your fingernails and the wrists. Many bacteria are specially on the fingertips, under the nails, between the fingers and the thumb.


Effective hand washing takes at least 20, better 30 seconds. On average, people only spend six seconds on it. Soaking for half a minute kills 99.9 percent of the pathogens on your hands.


Rinse your hands well under running water. The water temperature is completely irrelevant, it does not affect the number of bacteria. It is also important that the hands are well cared for. Damaged skin can be a real microbial nest. In addition, the fingernails should be cut short.


Dry your hands with a clean towel, if possible with a disposable paper towel. When drying with textile towels and hot air devices, however, an increase in the bacterial load is possible. Warning: wet hands transmit up to 1000 times more germs than dry hands.

Correct hand washing (Video - click on the picture)
Original source: '20 Minuten'

Correct hand washing (Video - click on the picture)
Original source: FOPH (BAG) (Federal Office of Public Health)

Correct coughing and sneezing (Video - click on the picture)
Originalquelle: FOPH (BAG) (Federal Office of Public Health)

Make your own disinfectant

The WHO recipe is simple, explains hospital hygienist Widmer: «Add eight deciliters of alcohol (ethanol) and two deciliters of boiled water. If you add some glycerin, you protect the skin. Alcohol removes the skin fat.»
Manufacture of disinfectants (WHO Guideline).

The homemade disinfectant is only recommended as an emergency solution, when there is no other means. The reason: Purchased disinfectants dry the skin far less and therefore hardly trigger any allergic reactions.