A number of recent photos have appeared on social media, showing the importance of washing your hands properly.
As the Coronavirus, also known officially as ‘Covid-19’, continues to spread around the world, health organizations are asking people to take basic protective measures to contain the spread of the deadly disease, including and especially hand washing.
While it may seem obvious, the following black light photos show that there is a difference between hand washing and thorough hand washing.
American actress Kristen Bell shared a collage of six pictures on Instagram that show the difference between unwashed hands and hands washed with soap for 30 seconds.
“My mother sent me the comparison to washing my hands with the black light photos. 30 SECONDS WITH SOAP, SEE HERE !!! ”is Bell’s caption.
Each of the six photos shows how many bacteria were on a woman’s hand using black light and a cream called Glo-Germ, a mineral oil that sticks to germs and is only visible under UV light.
The pictures show the hands in various stages of cleanliness, including “before washing”, after washing “only with water”, after “six seconds and without soap” and “30 seconds with soap”.
The first photos show that a large number of bacteria had been left behind, and although they are more similar, there was also a clear difference between a 15-second wash with soap and a 30-second wash.
The Instagram post published on Bell’s Instagram page has since collected more than 428,000 likes and received thousands of comments from people, many of whom are parents who plan to show the photos to their children.
“I can well imagine what my five-year-old’s hands look like under this thing,” commented one person.
Another added: “I’ll show it all to my kids, hopefully it works.”
According to the general recommendation of the health authorities, we should all wash our hands for at least 20 seconds, or as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
Moisturize your hands with water before applying enough soap to cover your hands and rub them together.
The right technique should be to rub the back of the other hand with one hand and clean between the fingers before rubbing the back of the fingers against the palms.
It is recommended to wash your hands after using the toilet, before and after handling raw food, before eating or handling food, and after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.
You can find more information on correct hand washing in the video here:
Canada’s First Coronavirus Vaccine Made Is Now In Testing Stages
While the world is making monumental changes in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, a vaccine is being worked on in Canada. And now, a Saskatchewan coronavirus vaccine is officially in the testing stages. Although there is still a long road ahead for human use, officials are working hard as more grant money comes in.
Back in January 2020, it was announced that the University of Saskatchewan received permission from the Public Health Agency of Canada to startfor COVID-19.
Since then, researchers have been accepting grants to help the process along.
While it could take up to a year to complete, CJWW has confirmed with the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre that the vaccine is now being tested on animals.
As of now, there is no timeline as to when it could be ready for human use.
Volker Gerdts, CEO and Director of VIDO-InterVac, told CJWW that everything learned from the first SARS outbreak gives the researchers an idea of what the vaccine will have to look like.
He also added that as they are now a few weeks away from finishing research stages, he is positive the vaccine will work.
Once the animal testing is complete, the research team will then need to send any viable vaccine away for clinical studies before being confirmed as safe for humans.
A #USask research team and collaborating scientists from across the country have been awarded $1 million to develop animal models and test vaccine candidates for effectiveness and safety against the new #coronavirus. @VIDOInterVac https://t.co/SXanfcxgvs
— U of Saskatchewan (@usask) March 6, 2020
This massive milestone comes just after an announcement that the Saskatchewan research team was granted almost $1 million to develop the coronavirus vaccine.
According to a press release posted on March 6, the VIDO-InterVac team was part of a $2.67 million federal rapid research funding initiative aimed at contributing to global efforts for combating COVID-19.
This money will then help the 12-person team develop the best suitable vaccine.
According to the researchers, animal models are helping scientists to evaluate vaccines, antiviral medications, and drugs to protect animals and humans.
“The global race is on to find out which is the best animal model for replicating the disease observed in humans. Is it mice, hamsters, or ferrets? Whichever model works best is the one we’re going to use. Once the model is developed, we will then be able to test our vaccine candidates for effectiveness,” said Gerdts in the press release.
“We will make the models available to other investigators who have leading candidate vaccines, antiviral drugs and immunity-boosting therapies.”
Numbers of infected individuals are on the rise and as of March 12, thewas diagnosed with COVID-19 in Calgary.
It is estimated that up tocould be impacted by the pandemic, should it not be contained.