By PAOLA NAVARETTE
You’ve heard the advice: Washing your hands is considered one of the best ways to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. But that doesn’t mean everyone is doing it right—still.
True to its mission of helping people live more sustainable lives, SM Cares, in partnership with Safeguard, aims to raise awareness on proper handwashing.
“This partnership with Safeguard forms part of SM’s programs to ensure safe malling as all SM malls continue to carry out strict safety and sanitation measures,” said SM Supermalls president Steven Tan.
As part of the Safe Hands at SM campaign, Safeguard has made its liquid hand soap available in restrooms of all 74 SM malls across the country to help the community fight the spread disease-causing germs. Information materials on the five steps of handwashing are also deployed in restrooms and high-traffic areas to remind customers while in the mall.
“Safeguard, being 54 years in the country, has become much of a household name. From our beige bar soap from long ago to our hand sanitizers and liquid hand soap now, we have always committed ourselves to serve the needs of the Filipino people, just like SM has,” said Procter & Gamble vice president for skin and personal care Shweta Sharma. “And in the same way, I believe that both have been ingrained so much in the Filipino culture that it is only natural to do this partnership.”
To ensure that all areas of your hands are properly washed, simply follow these steps adhered by the mall: Work up a good lather, scrub your palms and the back of your hands, interlace your fingers, rub your fingertips against your palms, and twist a soapy fist around your thumbs.
Afterward, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly because moist hands give living organisms a better chance of surviving and spreading to others.
Through simple efforts like washing your hands, you are not only protecting yourself but also those around you.