Spreading of Germs
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someone in the restroom and leave out without washing their hands? The same question
applies for people you may have seen sneezing, coughing, rubbing a pet and or changing an
infant’s diaper all without washing their hands after. According to the most recent study at the
Center for Disease Control and Prevention, only 31% of men and 65% of women wash their
hands after using public restrooms. “That’s a failing grade on both genders.” Only 1 in 4 adults
wash their hands after changing diapers, less than 50% wash their hands after caring for and
playing with their pets, and only 1 in 3 wash their hands after coughing or sneezing.
With so many ways to be exposed to germs and potential viruses, it is important for you to
be self aware of your activities with handlings of materials, items, and pets as well as personal
Here are a few simple ways to avoid and/or eliminate germs:
• Wash your hands, rubbing vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Create a positive lather and
cover your entire hands and nails.
• Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry.
• Use hand sanitizer before and after meals.
• When touching raw food, pets, taking out the garbage, caring for the sick or working in an
environment where co-workers or customers may be ill, wash your hands and/or use hand
sanitizer as often as possible. These are a few of many ways to help eliminate your exposure
to germs, bacterias and viruses. Lysol disinfectant has also been known to be very useful.
Lastly, a good diet of healthy foods, plenty of water and regular exercise keeps the immune
system strong. A strong immune system thwarts off viruses far greater than that of a weak one.
Eat smart and be clean!!