It’s amazing how many germs are constantly careering around us; thousands upon thousands of tiny microbes that attach themselves to our body, some boosting our immune system, others leaving us struck down with some illness or other.
It’s one of the many reasons why you should maintain a good grip on your levels of sanitation.
You’ve seen the hygiene adverts, filled as they are with seemingly clean surfaces that actually act as a haven for an army of germs that your immune system has to fend off.
But, these flashy ads aren’t just a televisual fiction; they are, in fact, an accurate representation of the invisible bacteria that swarms on every surface we touch, every counter we eat from and every hand we shake.
And yet, it has been reported that one in five Brits are not washing their hands after using the toilet, and 40 per cent are rinsing for less than 10 seconds, thereby increasing the risk of an E. Coli infection.
The head of the gastrointestinal diseases department at Public Health England, Dr Bob Adak, said of the find, “No-one would wilfully want to touch or eat faeces but that is what millions of us are doing every day by not washing our hands.
“Many diseases are spread through faecal matter so if we all improved our hygiene this could prevent many infections and stop people becoming unwell.”
That’s why it’s important to take measures to keep a clean and bacteria-free environment. In the maintaining of basic hygiene standards you can reduce the spread of infections and protect the people around you from potentially serious illness.
Improving your hand hygiene
So, what can you do to improve your hand hygiene?
Well, the process is simple as long as you can be thorough, making sure to wash under your nails and applying enough soap to cover both of your hands.
It is also recommended that you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and antibacterial soap in order to ensure a germfree set of digits and palms.
Also, especially when using a public toilet, be sure to turn off the sink’s faucet with a towel to lower the risk of catching a germ lingering on the taps.
In doing this after using the lavatory, you can lower the likelihood of spreading E. Coli, a faecal bacteria that causes a number of gastrointestinal infections.
In the land of the loo, the need to maintain a good standard of hygiene is vital to the extinguishing of needless infections.
So, if you do what one in five Brits aren’t, thoroughly washing your hands after using the bathroom, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re not only keeping yourself healthy, but those around you too.