Germs and bacteria can hide everywhere, and whilst most of us know how to avoid coming down with a nasty illness, we’ve thrown together a list of some little known germ hideouts for you to keep in mind during flu season.
Cleaning door handles probably isn’t high on your to-do list right now, but it should be. In the home, infections and viruses are quickly spread throughout the family via direct and indirect contact, and one of the easiest ways to pick up infections is through touching the handle of a door.
At home, make a daily routine of cleaning door handles, as this will help protect your family from colds, ‘flu, and other more serious conditions.
Sneezing and coughing
This is a pretty obvious one, but it’s hard to remember in practise; cover your mouth with a tissue when sneezing and coughing. Whilst it’s not always easy to do this every time, it can greatly reduce the spread of germs, and washing your hands afterwards can prevent illnesses being passed on to those around you. Cold and flu viruses are spread primarily through direct contact or coughing and sneezing, so these simple steps can stop the whole family coming down with a nasty bug.
Bathrooms and toilet seats
Public toilets are never considered the cleanest of places, but some of the places harbouring germs may surprise you.
On top of all the dirt and grime, people with cold- and flu-contaminated hands touch handles, locks and toilet paper rolls. The volume of people using them guarantees the spread of bacteria, and not everyone washes their hands after using the toilet. After using the toilet be sure to wash your hands properly.
In the office
Many office workers know from experience that their work environment can get messy pretty quickly, and with the majority of staff eating lunch from their desk, the keyboard and surrounding area can become the perfect breeding ground for germs. Forgetting to wash your hands, coughing, sneezing and fallen food particles can all contribute to an unclean
Door handles and railings
Due to the amount of people that come into contact with these on a daily basis, extra care needs to be taken. By carrying around antiseptic wipes and a sterilising gel, hands and surfaces can be cleaned of any dirt, germs and bacteria at any time of the day, without the need for soap and water.
Touch points and surfaces where food is prepared should be cleaned frequently. At home, make a daily routine of cleaning door handles, as this will help protect your family from colds, ‘flu, and other more serious conditions.