The COVID pandemic has wreaked havoc on our daily lives, both here in the USA and globally. As most of us now know, the transmission of this virus, and many other germs as well, is facilitated by touching or coming into physical contact with the pathogens on objects we often touch in our daily lives.
Your Hands and Germs That Like Them
Germs can live for up to three hours or more on your hands. Believe it or not, there are up to 10 million bacteria on your hands and arms right now. The amount of germs on the tips of your finger typically doubles every time you flush the toilet. Indeed, you can spread these germs easily, especially when your hands are wet or damp. Furthermore, nearly 80% of germs that cause illnesses are transmitted by hand contact.
How To Keep Your Hands Germ-Free
In these days of COVID-19, there is heightened awareness about personal hygiene. We touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through these sites and make us sick.
We are hearing almost daily about how important it is to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and hot water. Indeed, soap kills off the COVID virus and many other germs as well.
However, there is yet another way to ward off hand germs. That is, to physically prevent your bare hands from coming into contact with something that can be infested with germs. Things like doorknobs, toilet handles, remote-control switches, electrical outlets, raw meats, and public faucets come to mind. Simply wearing thin gloves or using a small hand-held implement or tool to touch germy things can be just as effective.
Stay safe and stay healthy by being aware and smart about the things you touch and use daily.