GERMS ARE EVERYWHERE.
Washing your hands properly is the most effective way to protect yourself from getting sick and spreading germs to others. So many things we come into contact with have germs on them. From countertops, handrails and doorknobs to shopping cart handles, your kids toys, pets and the garbage you throw out, germs are everywhere. They’re even in your kitchen and most are found on the kitchen towel—even the ones with pretty designs on them! And keep your cell phone out of the kitchen while you’re cooking. It may contain more germs than a toilet seat. Most people take their cell phone into the bathroom with them and this could lead to E. coli germs getting on the phone. Use alcohol wipes to keep your phone clean.
People are always touching their eyes, mouth and nose without even realizing they are doing it. Germs can be transferred from the hands and into the body, which can cause us to become ill. Get in the habit of washing your hands frequently. Use clean water and liquid soap if it’s available since bar soap itself can become contaminated, especially if used by many different people. Lather your hands together for 20-30 seconds and be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Then rinse your hands under clean, running water and dry them using a clean towel or air dry them. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Develop techniques to help you avoid touching things with your fingertips. Push doors open and cup doorknobs using the palms of your hands instead of grabbing them with your finger tips. Wash your hands after pushing around a shopping cart. We all know about recent reports that indicate that E. coli is found on 50 percent of shopping carts! There are 138,000 total bacteria per square inch of a shopping cart — an amount which exceeds the number of bacteria in the average public restroom. These are fecal bacteria capable of causing illness. If you use a sanitizing wipe, you’re going to get protection against most of the germs. Or, you can just grab a hand-held basket. Baskets might contain the same pathogenic bacteria as a cart, but baskets aren’t used to carry kids, and toddlers who ride in shopping carts are believed to be a major source of the germs. To be safer, you should take time to wipe down the basket, too. Take advantage of using store supplied sanitizing wipes (when available). Your health will thank you for it!
The best way to protect against germs is to keep your hands squeaky clean. While you can’t sterilize your environment, you can limit exposure by practicing good hand hygiene.
WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY AND FREQUENTLY!
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