Indian Youth and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju accepted the #SafeHandsChallenge in an attempt to create awareness about personal hygiene. Because of the Coronavirus situation, people are being urged to wash their hands an extra 10 seconds and keep their personal hygiene in check.
The World Health Organization (WHO) tweeted out “There are simple things we each must do to protect ourselves from #COVID19 including washing with soap and water or alcohol-based rub. WHO is launching the #SafeHandsChallenge to fight #Coronavirus. Join the challenge and share your handwashing video”
I accept your challenge @Pvsindhu1 @HimaDas8
We all can definitely stop the spread of #COVID2019 , I now challenge @smritiirani ji, @manikabatra_TT @AdnanSamiLive to make sure everyone washes hands properly. #SafeHandsChallenge @WHO https://t.co/BrOzcaYzMG pic.twitter.com/ehRLZwWUzJ
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) March 17, 2020
PV Sindhu and Hima Das took on this challenge and tagged sports minister Kiren Rijiju to share a video of him washing hands. He then tagged Smriti Irani, Manika Batra and Adnan Sami to take on the challenge.
Other sports personalities who are taking the #SafeHandsChallenge is Liverpool FC goalkeeper Alisson Becker who is also a goodwill ambassador for the WHO.
We thank @Alissonbecker, our Goodwill Ambassador, for taking part in the #SafeHands challenge and supporting the global #COVID19 response. Together, for a safer world. #coronavirushttps://t.co/v1Tft6JyqP
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 14, 2020
Here’s how you can do the #SafeHandsChallenge
- Keep a bottle of sanitizer with you at all times.
- Wash your hands with antibacterial soap for 30 seconds ensuring you wash between your fingers and fingernails.
- Avoid touching your face
- Avoid touching anything in public areas
- Avoid handshakes and any physical contact
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