COVID Handwashing

A Not So Secret Weapon in the Fight Against COVID-19

This April Fool’s Day, Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the resulting disease (COVID-19) are no laughing matter. The disease has produced challenging times for all of us – from the infected to professionals in good health working remotely, to clinicians and healthcare personnel fighting for our safety and wellbeing on the front lines.
One simple act can make a world of difference in the fight against COVID-19 and other flu strands. Best of all, anyone can participate and all of us should – but have you been sharing the importance with others?

Encourage Handwashing

The promotion and practice of handwashing has many benefits, including an added layer of protection against disease for the ones you love. Washing your hands regularly and using disinfectant gels can have a significant impact on your health and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

While many may understand the importance of washing their hands, they may not know the proper technique or understand the scientific significance. Are you washing your hands correctly? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends lathering with soap and scrubbing your hands no less than 20 seconds. You can read more about how to wash your hands and the science behind it in the CDC’s recommendations here.

While handwashing itself is important, a recent study investigated “the impact of handwashing promotion on reported respiratory illness.” 1 The research suggests “improving the effectiveness of handwashing promotion in achieving sustained behavior change could result in health benefits.” 1

In other words, if we join together in the promotion and practice of healthy habits like handwashing, others will follow suit – potentially reducing risk for vulnerable populations and increasing health overall. In the case of coronavirus, individuals with weak immune systems are at even greater risk. The simple action of washing your hands could have a dramatic impact on the health of a stranger or someone you love.   

Together We Can Fight COVID-19

We all have a role to play in the fight against COVID-19 – from doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other patient-facing functions to reliable 503B pharmaceutical outsourcing suppliers, like Fagron Sterile Services, supporting dependable access to ready-to-administer medications and more – even in times of crisis or drug shortages.

As the largest company in the world dedicated to pharmaceutical compounding, Fagron supports health in 60 countries and counting. Fagron teams around the globe are joining forces to offer pharmaceutical solutions for prevention, protection, and treatment.

Become a Handwashing Hero!

Think of creative ways you can promote healthy hygiene habits like handwashing. It could be as simple as talking with a friend or colleague about this importance of handwashing. Even sharing this blog is a great way to get the word out. But whatever you decide to do, start today. Today’s rapidly evolving pandemic requires immediate action and engagement from us all.

Together, we can responsibly fight COVID-19.

Stay Safe, Stay Compassionate.

Read more about Fagron Sterile Services efforts to combat COVID-19 and support patient safety at our 503B outsourcing facilities.

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1 Impact of a Large-Scale Handwashing Intervention on Reported Respiratory Illness

Sean Jones, MBA
Senior Director of Marketing at Fagron North America, with more than a decade of experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.