Germs are omnipresent. But don’t fret, majority of them are absolutely harmless. Some bacteria do us well, like the one in our gut that aid digestion. The essential point is to safeguard our families from the germs that can lead to bacterial diseases and other infections.
How do germs spread?
Dangerous bacteria and other germs can enter inside your house or on people and pets, or through contaminated food and water.
How they spread partly depends on us. Cleaning dirty surfaces without paying attention to proper hygiene (such as a cloth that isn’t cleaned regularly) can lead to these germs spreading into other areas. Without knowing it, we can also end up picking germs on our hands as we go about doing our daily chores. They would then eventually spread to anything we touch until the next time we get a chance to wash our hands.
Likewise, if a person is suffering from viral illness like the flu, then the tiny droplets of moisture coming from their mouth can spread germs in the air when they breathe, sneeze or cough. These germs have the ability to contaminate any surface that they land on, or infect people by being breathed in.
This is how we define the chain of infection – dangerous bacteria and other germs accidentally being spread from one person to the next leading to infection. Fortunately, the chain can be broken.
Breaking the chain of infection:
The most efficient way to stop the spread of germs is by maintaining good hygiene. Here are some ways to help:
- Wash your hands frequently – mainly before eating, before and after making food, and after coughing, sneezing or visiting the toilet or changing a nappy. In case you don’t have access to water, use Dettol Wipes to sanitize and clean your hands
- Every time you cough or sneeze make sure that you cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Dispose any used tissues instantly and wash your hands
- Use necessary safety precautions while handling and preparing food. Frequently clean your hands and surfaces, differentiate raw and cooked foods, thoroughly cook the food and refrigerate fresh and cooked foods to slow the growth of bacteria
- The best way to protect yourself from serious infection is through vaccinations (or immunisations). Make sure that you have not missed any of your vaccinations recommended by your doctor
- Clean and sanitize surfaces frequently – especially surfaces that come in contact with food and frequently touched surfaces like taps, door handles and telephone keypads
Clean or disinfect: What’s the difference?
Cleaning entails of removing dirt and some germs, generally with a detergent, and followed by a thorough rinse with hot running water. For small items like cutlery and crockery, this method is enough to make them safe for use.
Disinfecting means eliminating most of the germs present. This is vital in case of larger or fixed areas where thorough rinsing becomes difficult (places like work tops, sinks, toilets, and telephone handsets). Frequently disinfecting the surfaces of your house is one of the most efficient ways to stop the spread of dangerous germs and bacteria.
Keep in mind that harmful bacteria can find its way into clean house. Visit our site for more information on common illnesses and our advices on how to protect you and your family.