You can significantly reduce your risk of getting an infection by giving up just a few daily activities.
The habit of unraveling your hands
A person rides in transport, takes out his hands from his pockets, collects with his palms all the germs from handrails, railings, or crossbars, and after a minute or two, he already pulls the infection into his mouth. You have seen variations of this plot so often in advertising that it is doubly strange that this did not teach you anything. Not that strong shaking in the subway that you couldn’t stand on your own two feet, right?
And if subway cars are daily (and very meticulous) cleaning, then pistols at gas stations, taps in sinks, and ATM buttons collect germs for years! Read the list of the dirtiest objects you love to touch and your hands will reach into your pockets.
The habit of ignoring someone else’s infection
It can also be called elementary politeness – or stupidity: your colleague complains of a cold, sneezes and at the same time articulates violently, splashing saliva, and you continue to stand nearby as if nothing had happened. Estimate the numbers: droplets of saliva during a sneeze spread as much as three meters, so in front of you, no kidding, a weapon of mass destruction.
Of course, you don’t have to turn around and walk away if you notice any signs of a cold in your interlocutor. In most cases, simply standing side by side with him is enough to get you out of the line of fire. And of course, don’t forget to wash your hands after shaking hands!
The habit of rinsing your hands
Hold your palms under running water, quickly soap them and wash them off just as quickly – most people spend no more than ten seconds on the entire procedure. While the minimum time suitable for high-quality cleansing of hands from bacteria, according to doctors, is twenty seconds. And then it will be effective only if you soap each finger separately and intensively rub your hands together.
A second handwashing hygiene mistake is closing the tap of a public sink. His pens are one of the dirtiest places in the entire restroom. And by touching them, you, in fact, reduce the effectiveness of your handwashing to zero. No, we do not suggest leaving the tap open – you can simply wrap your hands with a paper towel to close it.
The habit of touching your face with your hands
According to research, a person, on average, touches their face at least sixteen times an hour. Too much? Watch yourself: how often do you touch the bridge of your nose, or touch your lips, or scratch your nose – especially when you are sitting and you have nothing to do with your hands? Exactly. And any such touch is a great opportunity to catch a virus: by feeling your face, you yourself deliver germs to your mouth or nose. Forbid yourself this: touching your face not only creates danger of infection, but also stains it, and also increases the oily skin.
The habit of covering your mouth with your hand when you sneeze
There are two whole unpleasant scenarios: the first, while you are still healthy, transfer bacteria that have settled on your fingers into your mouth. In the second, you, already sick and completely sneezing, sprinkle your palm with your saliva and then touch this palm with public goods and, as a result, infect others. Neither option is particularly pleasing, is it?