In a typical year, nearly two-thirds of the nation’s 50 million public schoolchildren have returned to their class-rooms by the third week of August. But this year is anything but typical, with many of the nation’s largest districts delaying the start of school or choosing to open remotely as coronavirus cases surge through their communities.
Why handwashing is so Important?
One of the key principles for reducing potential exposures to Covid-19 and other respiratory pathogens in schools is hand hygiene.
Many studies have shown that handwashing education and proper handwashing with soap reduce the transmission of illness. One study reported reduced absenteeism due to gastrointestinal illness in schoolchildren by 29-57%.
During common daily activities, hands get contaminated with germs that cause respiratory, gastrointestinal or other illnesses. Germs get on hands from activities like using the bathroom, playing outside and handling food. Germs can get on hands when people touch things that have been contaminated. For example, touching an object that was coughed or sneezed on or touched by another contaminated object.
How effective is handwashing at reducing illness?
Reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 23-40%.
Reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%.
Reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16-21%.
Reduces absenteeism due to gastrointestinal illness in schoolchildren by 29-57%.
Ref.: WA Department of Health
Why choose handwashing Instead of hand sanitizer?
“Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals, like pesticides and heavy metals, from hands.” - Ref.: cdc.gov
Hand sanitizers are not a substitute for proper handwashing. Hand Sanitizers aren’t effective when hands are dirty or greasy. Proper handwashing with soap and water removes germs and dirt. Scrubbing and rinsing are necessary to wash off the dirt and germs. Application of hand sanitizers typically doesn’t include the important scrubbing, rinsing, and drying steps.
When there is no access to a sink, you can use alcohol-based hand sanitizers (at least 60% alcohol, dye-free and fragrance-free), but rub a generous amount and thoroughly wet the skin. Be aware that some people may have a sensitivity reaction since hand sanitizers are a chemical.
Introducing WashCube: Portable – touchless hand wash station.
WashCube requires no power or plumbing and is easily transportable to any location where running water, electricity and water-draw is not available. Save time and avoid long walks to restroom facilities.
WashCube Key Benefits:
No power required
No plumbing required
Over 200+ washed per fill
4 gallons of fresh water capacity
Easy to fill & empty - no tools required
Powerful ‘flat spray’ nozzle
Wheel platform option for easy moving
High quality aluminum with a powdercoated finish for longevity
Completely self contained
Designed for easy cleaning and washing
Low and stable profile
How to properly wash your hands using WashCube:
WashCube for sale or rent:
Our WashCubes are available for purchase, self customization worldwide and also for rent in Greater Pudget Sound Region, WA State (Long term rentals can be done out of state).
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