Habits are learned and internalized by us right at the nascent stages of our childhood. And as unruly as every child is, our temptations to defy a sound elderly advice--especially about healthy living practices--are far greater than actually listening and assimilating it. Our sense of hygiene, too, is no exception. Let’s take the case of hand hygiene, to begin with.
Poor sense of hygiene has far too many implications than we know, perhaps on account of our poor understanding of the myriad ways with which our hands serve as an entry point to germs and diseases that surround us.
Truly, if you were to wonder as to where germs hide, you’d be surprised to know how they are everywhere right from phone receivers, ATMs to elevator buttons, switches, and even water coolers.
Someone needs to raise an alarm, so we list down 4 reasons why you cannot take your hand hygiene lightly, especially when you are outdoors.
a) Hands are the biggest carrier of germs
On each square centimetre of your skin, there are about 1500 bacteria. Hands are the most exposed part of the body to germs; also, you touch your eyes, mouth, nose and the food that you eat, making your hands the riskiest transfer agent of germs into your body. It makes sense to nip things at the bud then.
b) The ways germs can spread may surprise you
We all know germs can spread to our hands by cold, eye-rubbing, coughing, sneezing. But germs are also spread into the food through preparer. Germs can be spread through raw foods, such as chicken & fish, into uncooked items such as salads. Petting animals can also spread germs more than how much you think it does.
c) Antibiotic Resistance
Did you know that in case of bacterial illness, when you take a dose of antibiotics, the sensitive bacteria may be killed but resistant bacteria may be left to spread and multiply. Not finishing your antibiotic course or using them far too frequently may cause certain bacteria to grow resistant of antibiotics.
d) The number of diseases you may just dodge with regular hand washing
As mentioned before, hands are the greatest entry points for germs. They are pretty much a DIY vaccine you can give. It is true; regular hand-wash can save lives—the diarrheal and respiratory illnesses especially.
A sage hand wash advice from doctors, which usually goes unheeded, is golden.
On the other hand, as necessary it is to have a frequent hand-wash, it is also essential to understand as to how you should wash your hands. A soap-and-water method won’t always be possible, especially if you are on-the-go. In such instances, alcohol-based Dettol Hand Sanitizer or Dettol Wet Wipes, can genuinely come in handy.