9 Confessions about Germs
One of the perks of being online is the ability to express yourself in different ways through social media, phone apps and other popular channels of expression. Whisper, an app that has skyrocketed in popularity, allows users to post confessions ranging from humorous happenings to serious situations and other random life lessons.
So what are people saying about germs? Check out these 9 confessions about germs and our take on these germy confessions.
Sharing a cold or flu with a loved one is definitely no fun. 5 things you can do to reduce the chance of catching something: Wash your hands frequently, avoid sick people, cover your mouth with a tissue, limit how much you touch your eyes, nose and mouth and, of course, disinfect germ hot spots. Read more on germ hot spots here.
Kids and schools can be a pretty germy combination. Although some popular surfaces in schools (water fountains, cafeteria trays, computer keyboards) are very germy, they’re still needed in schools. Yes, research has shown that 77% of mothers believe that “children should be exposed to germs to help build stronger immune systems…” however, sharing food between your sick friends, or not washing your hands after touching germ hot-spots during flu season, is definitely not recommended. Read on to learn how you can keep dirt and germs away in schools.
If you use a microwave to freshen up a sponge and zap away bacteria, do so with caution. Washcloths and sponges have been known to catch fire if left in the microwave too long, which is why damp sponges are recommended. As far as dishes and cups go – there hasn’t been much research on this subject and although heat does kill bacteria, we would suggest following the common ways of avoiding the cold and flu season!
Forget the 5-second rule, this sounds like one chip-loving person! According to research, 87% percent of people who were surveyed would eat food dropped on the floor, and 81% of women in the study would follow the “5-second rule.” Interestingly enough, the researchers found that bacteria transfer did depend on the amount of time a piece of food made contact with the floor! We strongly encourage you to avoid feasting from the floor. You never know how clean the floor is, how porous the surface is, and how the food interacts with the surface.
“The Truth is Out There.” When it comes to the unknown, our imaginations and questions seem to grow. Germ exploration started in the 1850s by Louis Pasteur when he examined beer with a microscope. The rest is history. (Pasteur’s curious nature about these microbes led to a vaccine for rabies and anthrax.) If you’re looking for the truth, we can certainly share some informative facts about bacteria, viruses and infections via the Mayo Clinic and of course our CleanFeed blog!
All sorts of things travel through the air. However, it’s not known or documented whether the flu, for example, can “hang” in the air for a period of time and infect others (although some say it may be theoretically possible). The air is an important factor in a healthy environment. Proper floor care, HEPA filters and correct use of cleaning chemicals are 3 important things that can affect air quality. Read more on them here.
Around 20% of Americans suffer from “white coat syndrome,” or fear of doctors. Although it’s important to see a doctor if you are ill, here are some pointers regarding germy medical facilities: Check to see if there are hand sanitizers accessible in patient rooms, point of care areas, or even around the lobby. Try not to touch your face a lot and wash your hands after your visit.
Yes, bathrooms can be pretty gross, and unfortunately toothbrushes don’t escape germ spread. If you travel a lot for work and use a plastic toothbrush holder, it can act like a petri dish. Also, if you keep your own tooth brush at your office, germs can easily accumulate if a toilet bowl is within 6 feet. The best thing you can do? Rinse it often, replace when sick, and keep it away from the toilet bowl!
If you’re worried how much your kids (or others) spread germs, remember these things: Teach them proper hand hygiene, and if you have guests frequently, pay attention to the most popular hangouts so you know what to disinfect or what hot spots you should mention to your janitorial service. Teaching children proper hand hygiene is a best first step to reduce germ spread in school and at home.