Global Handwashing Day
15th October 2020
The 2020 Global Handwashing Day theme is “Hand Hygiene for All.” This year’s theme calls on all of society to scale up hand hygiene, especially through handwashing with soap. We must work toward universal access to and practice of handwashing with soap for now and for a healthy future.
Handwashing with soap is an easy, effective, affordable do-it-yourself practice that prevents infections and saves lives. Washing our hands with soap destroys the outer membrane of the COVID-19 virus and thereby inactivates it.
Everyone can protect themselves, their families, and their communities through handwashing with soap. Though it requires few resources—soap and a small amount of water—the benefits are significant.