Indians love to eat using their hands. While doing so, many tend to forget to wash their hands before indulging in their food. Eating without maintaining hand hygiene can take its toll on health. Germs, including bacteria, usually harbor on the surface of the palm and hands. They can get inside the body, leading to health complications.

The concept of hand hygiene, though popular, became more prominent post-COVID-19 era. The fear of contracting the virus was vital in hand hygiene. A lot of hand hygiene awareness also helped humankind keep diseases at bay. With passing days and people

The ritual of hand washing and following hygiene should be followed daily. The essentiality of it has fizzled out on how it was observed during the COVID-19 days.

Causes and diseases

There are various ways to keep hands clean. The most common way to clean is to wash your hands with soap and water. Washing hands helps to prevent stomach infections such as diarrhea and dysentery. Also, the spread of eye diseases like conjunctivitis, respiratory infections, etc, can stopped.

Steps to hand washing

Many steps are recommended to maintain hand hygiene. Using lukewarm water and soap can be a good option. Rubbing hands palm to palm and between the fingers with soap and water is recommended. Medical practitioners recommend washing hands for around 20 seconds. A quick hand wash will have no results and will only waste water and soap. The more lather formation, the better the hand hygiene.

 Faecal-oral diseases

Open defecation is a significant concern. Instead of soap, many people use water to clean their hands. This makes them susceptible to various diseases, including fecal-oral diseases. The reluctance to buy liquid or any other soap to keep hands clean has a cascading effect on health.

Usage of hand sanitisers

Hand sanitizers became popular during and after the post-COVID-19 pandemic. The medical fraternity advised using alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Rubbing the palms with a few drops of hand sanitizer before having food is a good option. Too much usage leads to dry and cracked skin, and it poses a risk if ingested or comes in contact with the eyes.


Various awareness levels have helped to a more significant extent with hand hygiene. Schools teach students to follow basic hand hygiene. Street foods are a menace in India. Indulging in street foods without washing hands is a double whammy for one’s health. It is an open invitation for various diseases to harbor inside the body. It leads to food poisoning and viral and bacterial infections affecting the stomach. It is high time that hand hygiene measures were put in place, along with higher awareness levels.