As the Covid-19 virus is becoming more of a reality in our daily lives, I decided to re-post an updated version of my blog "6 of the Dirtiest Things in Your Home" from 26/6/2019 as I believe it is very relevant to our present situation.
We are being told to social-distance ourselves, cough/sneeze in our elbows and not shake hands with other people, so we can keep from contracting the Covid-19 virus to a minimum. Think about everything you touch each day and how dirty they might be. Ask yourself, "What is the best way to avoid spreading any germs to your family members, colleagues or other people"? The best way is to wash your hands before, during and after. And when in doubt, wash them again. There is a right way to wash your hands by using warm soapy water and rubbing them together for at least 20 seconds. This is about as long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. Teach your children how to correctly wash their hands, while entertaining them with your great singing skills. If you are out and about make sure you have a small container of hand sanitiser to use if you can't wash your hands with soap and water.
Think about what happens when you sneeze or cough, even when you aren't sick. According to the researchers at the University of Bristol, 100,000 contagious germs shoot out into the air at 161 kilometres per hour. You then say "OK, I'll sneeze or cough into my hand" BUT then you touch something and so the germs on your hands stick to it and spread to the next person that touches that item or surface.
Below are 6 of the dirtiest things you touch each day that carry very nasty germs that can potentially make you very sick.
1. SINKS, FAUCETS
These areas are a great place for germs to gather and spread due to the wet environment as they do best in a warm, moist, protein-rich environment that is pH neutral or low acid.
2. TOOTHBRUSHES AND TOOTHBRUSH HOLDERS
Again, these are a great place for germs to gather and spread due to the environment. Secondly, our toothbrushes are usually near the toilet and the lid needs to be down when flushing, otherwise everything within a 1.5 to 1.8 metre radius is sprayed with toilet germs.
3. REFRIGERATOR HANDLES
The handle to your home or work refrigerator door could be playing host to a variety of foul germs, not to mention regular yeast and mold. You touch these and then transfer them to the food you are about to eat. Yuck, doesn't sound good!
4. REMOTE CONTROLS
According to the research done by NSF International, your remote is covered with germs like Coliform bacteria, mold, and potentially even the infection-causing Staphylococcus aureus. Their research said the remotes in hotels were covered in even more dangerous germs, that could potentially make you very sick.
5. PHONES, TABLETS AND COMPUTER MOUSE
Just think about your phones, tablets and even the computer mouse you use. They are caked with countless types of bacteria for example Staphylococcus aureus. This causes skin infections, pneumonia and food poisoning, among other conditions.
The narrow spacings of your keyboard house Staph, Coliform, yeast, and mold. And we all know how we sit at the computer keyboard eating our morning tea and how the food becomes covered by germs which ultimately end up in our mouth. Yuck!
I'm sure you can think of more things you touch each day, that can spread germs especially the Covid-19 virus. So remember to stop, think before you touch anything else, and either wash your hands with soap and water or pull out your hand sanitiser.