One cough or sneeze sends about 100,000 germs into the air going 100 miles per hour. What’s the worst part about this fact? Those fast-traveling germs are often contagious.
With this knowledge in mind, it’s now time to start preventing the spread of germs. The last thing you want to do is inhale someone else’s sneeze or cough germs. You also don’t want to infect anyone else with your own.
In our guide below, we discuss the different ways to prevent the spread of germs. If you want to stay healthy and stop spreading germs, you’ll want to continue reading. Here’s everything you need to know about protecting family and yourself from those icky germs!
1. Wash Hands Properly
Hand sanitizer is a great tool for disinfecting hard surfaces, but it should never take the place of proper handwashing. It’s only an alternative when warm water and soap aren’t available. When possible, always choose washing your hands in a sink over dousing them in hand sanitizer.
It’s important, however, to wash your hands properly. Proper handwashing includes the following steps:
- Wet your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap
- Rub your hands together for about 20 seconds and allow the soap to become thick and foamy
- Clean under your fingernails, between your fingers, and around your wrists and back of hands
- Rinse hands and dry with a clean towel
Make sure to follow these steps each time you wash.
2. Wear a Mask in Public
When in a public setting, always wear your mask. A mask will help prevent those fast-traveling contagious germs to travel from one person to the next. If you don’t want to breathe in someone else’s sneeze or cough germs, then you’ll want to wear your mask.
It’s even more essential to wear your mask when the social distancing rule of 6ft apart isn’t an option. This article covers a few misconceptions about face masks that everyone should know. Look into it if you have any concerns about your mask.
3. Clean Frequently-Touched Surfaces
All hard surfaces that are touched frequently should be cleaned just as frequently. If possible, try to clean and disinfect a hard surface after each person uses or touches it. When in public, some frequently-touched surfaces to keep in mind are as follows:
- Shopping cart handles
- Self-checkout systems
- Credit/debit card payment systems
- Backs of restaurant chairs
These are just a few surfaces to keep in mind. When out and about, your hand sanitizer can come in handy to disinfect these surfaces before you touch them.
4. Carry Tissues on You
It’s a great idea to sneeze and cough into the inside of your arm near the elbow. To stay even more cautious, you should carry tissues on you at all times. When you need to either cough or sneeze, do so into your tissue.
Then, throw the tissue out immediately. All those germs are now out of your hands and in the trash.
Stop the Spread of Germs Today
You can stop the spread of germs today by following the few simple tips listed in our guide above. When you use all of these germ-prevention steps together, you can protect yourself and your entire family from falling ill.