Germs are everywhere! You come into contact with about 60 000 of them everyday. This is according to Philip M. Tierno, author of The Secret Life of Germs: Observations and lessons from a Microbe hunter. But, he adds that only 1 to 2% of these may be harmful.
By touching a contaminated surface, like a tissue used by an infected person, door handles, hand rails and telephones, and then touching your nose or eyes you become more susceptible to this percentage of harmful germs.
Here are Dettol’s five tips on how you can protect yourself and your family:
- Wash your hands – a lot! If you have come in contact with someone who is contagious, use a sanitising handwash to stop germs in their tracks.
- Use sanitising wipes or try and keep some of the ten germiest hotspots clean. These are wallets or purses, remote controls, public bathrooms, shopping trolleys, cutting boards, yoga mats, schools, doctors rooms, restaurants and offices.
- Light exercise. Research presented to the British Journal of Sports Medicine says that you are 50% less likely to get a cold if you are fit and active.
- Get enough sleep. A tired body is less able to fight a virus.
- Stay away from sick people. Avoiding contact with infected people prevents your chances of infection.
The average adult may get a cold and/or flu between two and five times a year. These tips will help you and your family share more healthy moments and not the tissue box.