Samsung have released an app designed to help make regular and thorough handwashing a habit as reported by Samsung Newsroom. It has been well-publicised during the Covid-19 pandemic that through handwashing is key to limiting infection. Samsung's new app hopes to tackle this by forming habits amongst the public.
The app is available on the Galaxy Store for Gear S3, Gear Sports, Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Watch Active2 users. The app offers clear guidance on how to best wash your hands as well as ways to establish this a routine. Technology is being used a number of ways to help fight the virus, including Oura Rings which may be able to predict symptoms. Google has also rolled out an exposure alert app able to help prevent the spread.
How the App Works
University College of London recommends we wash our hands 6-10 times a day. In order to help achieve this the app has an alarm function. This will remind you regularly to wash your hands and hopefully help form this habit. Users will have the option to customise how many alarms they want depending on how many times they aim to wash their hands in a day.
As has been said by many during the pandemic it takes 20 seconds to wash your hands thoroughly. The Samsung handwashing app has a countdown function which lasts 25 seconds to help with achieving this. It factors in 5 seconds for applying soap and the other 20 seconds for handwashing.
The app also has an inbuilt dashboard which tells users how many times they have washed their hands that day. It also includes stats such as time since their last handwash. One can also monitor your weekly progress with regards to handwashing. By tracking your data over time it is thought that this will be helpful in creating longer-term habits. It is hoped that these reminders and further information will help promote more healthy habits for individuals.
Six Key Steps to Handwashing
Washing our hands has never been more important for yourself but also for society. Doing so thoroughly and efficiently is very important so here are the six steps to a perfect handwash.
First, rub the palms of your hands together with soap. Second, rub each palm over the back of the other hand and in between your fingers. Then interlock your fingers and rub palm the palm. Fourth, interlock your hands and rub the backs of fingers. Next, grasp the thumb of each opposing hand and rum whilst rotating. Finally, rotationally rub each hand onto the opposing palm with closed fingers.