If you feel that clean and well-groomed hands are just an essential prerequisite for women, you might like to think twice. Men should equally pay attention to their hands because our hand houses 1,500 bacteria living on each square centimetre of its skin. You can easily assume what havoc it can create in our body because in India we have the culture of eating with our hands and spaces beneath nails can become breeding heaven for germs.
Moreover, clean and maintained hands boost confidence in their daily life activities. Therefore, it's important to keep your hands clean irrespective of your gender by washing or sanitizing at regular intervals. And, to keep them groomed, you don't have to visit a salon.
Refrain from Harsh Soaps: You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. Your soap can have a moisturizing element in it like aloe vera or shea butter. Ensure that you're washing your hands with normal water as hot water can make your hand's skin dry and scaly.
Clip Your Nails Regularly: Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. After cutting your nails at a comfortable length also file them using a nail filer. Never share your nail care clipper as the germs can get transferred to your loved ones. Also, don't forget to use grime remover to remove hidden germs in corners and beneath nails. Also, you may like to file your nails to have a smooth finish.
Good Quality Nail Clipper: Do not use a rusted or chromium coated nail clipper as it might be harmful to skin and might cause dangerous bacterial infections.
Stop The Habit of Nail Chewing: Sometimes anxiety or extreme boredom can lead to chewing of nails. This habit only makes your nails uneven and ugly. Sometimes, our unclean nail folds give rise to viral, bacterial or fungal infections, which in turn can make us sick if we chew our nails.
Exfoliate Your Hands: Similar to the way you exfoliate your face your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. You can buy a scrub or make one at home using brown sugar and olive oil. After scrubbing, you need to massage your hands with moisturizer.
Don't Use Your Nails As Tools: Always keep in mind that your nails are like jewels. Never use them to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters or scraping off labels. This results in unnecessary breakage of nails, making your hands look dirty.
Be Aware of Nail or Cuticle Inflammation or Redness: If there are any signs of infection, disinfect the skin as soon as possible with an anti-bacterial or anti-fungal ointment.
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New York, July 28 (IANS) Messages emphasising the personal health benefits of Covid-19 vaccines have the best chance of increasing vaccination levels, according to research.The economists at University of Wyoming in the US compared three messages that described the benefits of taking the vaccine: benefits to personal health; benefits to the health of family, friends and community members; and benefits to local and national economies -- as well as a fourth message that emphasised the rigor and safety protocols of the vaccine development process.The message about private health benefits increased intended vaccinations by 16 percentage points, significantly more than the other messages, revealed the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."Our findings suggest that several forms of public messages can increase vaccination intentions, but messaging that emphasises personal health benefits had the largest impact," said lead author Madison Ashworth, doctoral student at the varsity.Vaccine hesitancy has been a potential stumbling block in the effort to end the Covid-19 pandemic. Recent surveys suggest that 60-70 per cent of US adults intend to be vaccinated for Covid-19, which falls short of the threshold identified by public health experts to achieve herd immunity.To examine the impact on vaccine intentions of a variety of public health messages, the researchers surveyed a representative sample of 3,048 adults in the US.People with low trust in government agencies are 14 percentage points less likely to want a vaccine, compared to those with medium trust. Of those who don't want to be vaccinated, 90 per cent worry about the vaccine's side-effects and novelty, and 75 per cent lack trust in vaccine developers and the Food and Drug Administration to truthfully disclose a vaccine's risks and effectiveness.While their findings show that messages about the private benefits of Covid-19 vaccination are most effective, the economists suggest more research to explore the effectiveness of different information channels for promoting vaccines.--IANSrvt/dpb
New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) Expressing his anguish at the death of Corona warriors, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday thanked the members of the medical fraternity and their families for their ‘exemplary valour and service to the society' during the ongoing pandemic.He was speaking at the inaugural session of the second edition of ‘Gratitude Week -- A Tribute to Health Guardians' organised by the Integrated Health and Wellbeing (IHW) Council, a premier health think-tank."On the occasion of National Doctor's Day, I would like to appreciate the efforts to organise the Gratitude Week. In this unprecedented war against a new virus, doctors have been the frontline soldiers," Harsh Vardhan said in a video message."Each life lost is a matter of great personal grief for me. Doctors have put their own lives at risk to save the lives of others -- there can be no greater example of courage, sacrifice and compassion than this. I also bow down to the family members for encouraging you to carry on with your duty -- I thank you and your families for your exemplary valour and service to the society," Harsh Vardhan added.He also urged the doctors to take care of themselves, stay connected to their peers for updates and serve as a role model to the people and the community at large.Meanwhile, Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO Southeast Asia, has thanked all healthcare and frontline workers for working tirelessly day and night for over 18 months amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic."We have unfortunately lost many of our health workers to the pandemic. To these brave hearts, their families and our health workforce, WHO salutes you. Your heroism, commitment and duty are legendary. WHO will continue to work with countries to invest in health workforce strengthening, to protect their occupational health and safety and embrace health workforce innovations that enhance health equity. WHO stands in solidarity with all health workers, everywhere," Singh said in a statement.Every year, July 1 is celebrated as National Doctors' Day by the Indian Medical Association (IMA). While the doctor-per-patient ratio and lack of skilled healthcare workers has been a long-standing structural challenge for India, many have been victims of violence.According to a Lancet report, more than 75 per cent of the doctors across India have faced some form of violence, and 68.33 per cent of violence was committed by the patients' attendants. --IANSrvt/arm
Mumbai, June 11 (IANS) The State Bank of India (SBI) has launched a collateral-free unique loan offering -- 'Kavach Personal Loan' -- for Covid patients.The loan covers expenses of Covid treatment of the customer and his/her family members.Under this scheme, customers can avail loans up to Rs 5 lakh at an effective interest rate of 8.5 per cent per annum for 60 months which is inclusive of three months moratorium, said an SBI statement.This unique product is being offered under the collateral-free personal loan category and comes at the cheapest rate of interest under this segment. Reimbursement of expenses already incurred for Covid-related medical expenses shall also be provided under the scheme, it said.SBI Chairman Dinesh Khara said: "With this strategic loan scheme, our aim is to provide access to monetary assistance - especially in this difficult situation for all those who unfortunately got affected by Covid. It's our constant endeavour at SBI to work towards creating financial solutions for customers suiting their requirements."In these trying times, the SBI is committed towards taking care of customers' financial emergency for Covid treatment and other personal expenses in order to effectively overcome the Covid battle, said the statement.This loan product will also be part of the Covid loan book being created by banks as per the RBI's Covid relief measures.--IANSrrb/sn/vd
One may envy or desire long, stylish nails but unless they are clean underneath, they can be the reason behind a range of bacterial diseases such as diarrhoea. Longer nails harbor more dirt and bacteria than short nails, thus possibly contributing to the spread of infection, says Rajesh U Pandya, Managing Director, KAI India
"Fingernails should be kept short, and the undersides should be cleaned frequently to maintain nail hygiene. At the same time, it is important to keep a tab on how you clean the nails. Unless the means are safe, the process of cleaning hands can cause more damage than good," Pandya told IANSlife.
He further explains: wash your hands, including nails, and underneath them, as many times as required with lukewarm water and soap. If you handle stronger dirt like grease, you may want to use a pair of gloves while working or use a specific cleaner for that specific type of dirt. Trimming nails regularly help you to maintain healthy nails and avoid breaking. How frequently you trim your nails will depend on how fast they grow.
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Every time you wash hands, ensure you dry them completely. Moist hands may attract germs that proliferate in a damp environment and facilitate their spread. Before clipping nails, ensure that all equipment to be used, such as nail clippers and files, are properly cleaned and sanitised even if you are using them at home. Sterilising equipment before use is especially important when nail tools are shared among a number of people, as is common in commercial nail salons or any beauty parlour.
Many people are not adequately conscious of the necessity to keep the hands clean, notes Pandya. "Negligence towards hand hygiene can cause a series of diseases, bacterial and viral infections, including by the deadly COVID-19 virus that is wreaking havoc across the country.
"Considering that fingernails can harbor tons of dirt and debris and can become COVID-19's first route of communication, keeping our hands, and by extension our nails, clean is crucial. So, don't let germs make you fall sick. Clean your hands well so you can eat well, and stay healthy," he concludes.
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New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Friday held the imposition of Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) on import of oxygen concentrators for personal use as "unconstitutional". A division bench comprising Justices Rajiv Shakdher and Talwant Singh said the imposition of IGST on oxygen concentrators imported by individuals or received by them as gifts, for personal use is unconstitutional. The High Court quashed the May 1 notification levying 12 per cent IGST on imported oxygen concentrators.The court noted that importers of oxygen concentrators would have to furnish a letter of undertaking to the concerned authority, declaring that device is for personal use, and not for commercial use.The order was passed on the plea of a Covid-19 patient, whose nephew had sent an oxygen generator as gift from the United States of America. Senior advocate Sudhir Nandrajog, representing the petitioner, had argued that the imposition of IGST by the central government on devices meant for personal use violated the Article 14 and also abridged the right to have oxygen, which was part of the right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution. The petitioner had challenged the May 1, notification issued by the Ministry of Finance and contended that it was forceful payment of IGST of 12 per cent on the oxygen concentrator. It was also cited before the High Court that certain imports had already been exempted from IGST till July 31. The government counsel had argued that imposition of taxes could not be subject to judicial review, and IGST was imposed in the present matter to maintain parity with a commercial user and to avoid black marketing and profiteering. During the hearing, the High Court had suggested that the central government should consider granting exemption to levying IGST on oxygen concentrators imported for individual use by way of gift, in the backdrop of ongoing Covid-19 health crisis. --IANS ss/ash