The truth about germs is that we, as humans, are continually coming into contact with them. From the workplace, school grounds, shopping centres and public toilets we are surrounded by places where bacteria, fungi and viruses can reach us. On average, a person will encounter hundreds of thousands of germs a day. But the question remains, how do we protect ourselves? Baby Soft® is sharing some essential tips to protect yourself and your family from germs.
Always be prepared
Make sure your handbag is stocked with hand sanitiser, Kleenex® tissues, an emergency Baby Soft® toilet tissue roll and Kleenex® hand sanitising wipes when in public.When entering public restrooms, use either a piece of toilet tissue or a tissue to open the door. Doorknobs are known to carry several different germs and bacteria. This is mainly because many people do not wash their hands after having been in the toilet, which results in the spreading of bacteria and germs.
Flush the toilet with the lid closed
When you flush a toilet, the swirling water that removes your waste from the bowl mixes with small particles of that waste, it then shoots those droplets into the air . This is how bacteria can spread. Don’t forget to use a piece of tissue to press the flush button and open the handle of the stall if you are in a public toilet.
Wash your hands with soap
Washing your hands with soap is one of the most important things that a person can do to avoid spreading germs from one to another. Research suggests that around 33% of people don’t use soap when washing their hands. Washing your hands with soap minimises the risk of you spreading bacteria. If you do not wash your hands correctly, you could be spreading bacteria via the food you are preparing for your family, by touching the button in the lift or by touching the weights at the gym. Proper handwashing can reduce diarrhoea rates by 40% and respiratory infections by close to 20% while failing to wash hands is believed to contribute to nearly 50% of all foodborne illness outbreaks . An important fact to remember is that most bacteria on our hands is on the fingertips and under the nails. The number of bacteria on our fingertips doubles after using the bathroom. This is why it is so important to wash your hands thoroughly after visiting the toilet and to make sure that you are washing your whole hand and not just the palm.
The truth is that germs are all around us, and we need to do what we can to protect ourselves. By following these easy steps, you will be doing your bit to help stop the spread of germs.