Know about the places where you will encounter the most germs

Sticking to a healthy diet, sleeping well and practising stress management are all important to build immunity, which also protect us against the various germs that we come into contact every day. But if your immunity is not up to the mark, keeping certain objects clean and being aware of places that are filled with germs could keep harmful bacteria leading to diseases at bay

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In fact, a study found that 340 different types of bacteria are found in 30 objects that we use regularly such as cellphones, keys, microwave and makeup products among others.

Using hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, using water and bleach on these products could help remove the germs from them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends regularly washing hands for about 20 to 30 seconds by rinsing with soap and water to avoid diseases.

However, there are places that we go to everyday, where we encounter germs on a daily basis. Taking precautions in these locations is crucial to fight germs. Here are some places listed by a recent MSN News report.

Hospitals

Hospitals, particularly the emergency rooms, are filled with germs and considered as a prime place to acquire several infections. In fact, a study published in the year 2000 found that 80,000 people had died due to infections they were exposed to at hospitals every year. People visiting their families in emergency rooms should avoid doing so and instead speak to the doctor directly.

The Infectious Disease Society of America said that antibiotic-resistant infections, especially methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, are responsible for more deaths than HIV, Parkinson’s and homicide, among other causes of death.

Home

Separate the person who is sick in your house by giving them a separate room, so that they can use another washroom and keep a distance. In case you do not have the means to provide this, then clean the surfaces they use with a disinfectant. Keep electronic gadgets, food and items separate from the sick person in your house. Wash all utensils used by the patient.

Office

In an office space, you tend to use some of the same equipment and furniture as colleagues with poor hygienic practices. As a precaution, use hand sanitizers and wash your hands frequently when in contact with railings or elevator buttons and other objects that are commonly used by everyone.

Airplanes

Carrying an alcohol-based hand sanitizer could prevent people from falling sick on airplanes since it is not possible to avoid meeting people with communicable diseases and touching contaminated surfaces.

Source: Medical Daily