Brush your nails or keep them short

March 27, 2020
Nail cleaning

NAILS can harbor dirt, debris, and virus and germs. These pathogens can easily enter your body if you do not wash your hands thoroughly before eating.

Health experts at the Harvard University said that fungi and bacteria can hide under (long) nails and long nails can trap viruses underneath and transferred when touching your face, mouth, other people and objects.

This is the reason why most surgeons have short nails. Doctors, especially surgeons, rigourously scrub under their nails before donning gloves and performing surgery. Because no one can see the dirt that lies beneath.

They encourage people to cut their nails as short as possible as they harbor infection.

The warning came after a nurse went viral after revealing that long nails are one of the fastest spreaders of the coronavirus.

According to the nurse, bacteria, viruses, dirt, debris can easily live in fingernails, and when you eat and bite them then that is the time they transferred into your mouth.

While many have been using hand sanitizer at regular intervals during the virus spread, hand sanitizer won't do the trick for women with long nails.

“If you can't rub the very ends of your fingers against the other palm, then your hands aren't truly clean after you wash them, no matter how long you soap up,” she said.