If there is anything you never want to experience in your home, trust me it’s a germ epidemic!
Germs are microscopic causative agents for diseases. They are responsible for several infections in living organisms. They are obscure to the bare eyes and due to this nature they exist everywhere; in the atmosphere, water, food, plants, and animals. Germs have certain behavioral differences especially where they choose to live, ways in which they spread and medium of infection transmission.
One very important thing everyone needs to understand is that when germs find a suitable place to live, they establish a home for themselves and multiply. Once you take note of this, you ultimately can prevent the existence of germs in your home even before they start spreading. Most especially during the covid-19 pandemic, you need to create an environment around you that will never give room or accommodate them simply by practicing safety measures in your home.
Why are germs so bad?
Germs can be transferred from one person to another if not washed out of the hands whenever you use the bathroom, attend to babies, cook fresh foods, or touch anything at all that might have germs on it.
For several reasons, germs are very bad. They make people fall sick by creating avenues for general health deterioration, and might eventually cause emotional stress, social imbalance, financial losses or even death of the individual.
Did you know?
- One of the fastest ways in which germs spread in the home is through TV remote controls.
- Germs can stay living for about three hours on your hands if not washed off.
- After using the toilet, the amount of germs stuck on the fingertips are likely to multiply if necessary precautions are not taken.
- You unknowingly transfer germs into whatever you eat whenever your hands are not washed.
- When proper measures are not taken, there is a high probability of a single germ multiplying into thousands in a day.
- Germs present on mobile devices and personal computers are way more than the ones on toilet seats
- Washing of hands reduces the possibility of people getting infected with diarrhea by a good percentage.
- Using Personal protective equipment keeps you safe during the covid-19 pandemic and also helps in preventing its spread.
Exceptional tips to prevent germ spread anywhere
Now that we have some knowledge on important facts about germs and why they need to be kept off from our lives, here are ten exceptional tips that will help you prevent the intrusion and spread of germs anywhere:
1. Regularly wash your hands and apply sanitizers
This is the most basic and a very important way to keep off germs, especially during this pandemic. Washing your hands will not only keep you safe from contracting the virus, but also keep you safe from getting infected by other pathogens or germs. Make use of clean water and soap to scrub your hands thoroughly, ensure you wash around the wrists, and scrub all hidden parts of your hands likely to harbor germs. Using an antiseptic soap is a plus, they help eliminate the germs.
Hand sanitizers are encouraged when there is no access to soap and water. They kill whatever germs might be present on your hand, but keep in mind that washing is the safest. In essence, you can apply sanitizer after washing your hands to give yourself 100% safety.
2. Personalize your belongings
Personal items like utensils, hair brush, combs, shoes, wristwatches and phones should not be shared with people. To keep yourself safe, avoid using borrowed things. Have your personal items and keep them to yourself. Especially during the covid-19 pandemic, parents should educate their kids on how to use and maintain personal items.
3. Clean and disinfect surfaces
This is very essential in preventing the spread of germs in our homes. Places and things we often use in the home should be disinfected several times daily. The kitchen should be cleaned and disinfected, the toilets and bathrooms well washed and sanitized. Ensure to disinfect new packages that are brought into your home, they might contain germs. Hydrogen peroxide is a good disinfectant, use an alcohol based sanitizer as alternative.
4. Avoid handshakes and hugs
Making body contact with people is one of the ways germs can spread. During this covid-19 pandemic, avoid shaking hands with people, use the elbow system of greeting so that the virus does not get to your hands at all, and if mistakenly you shake someone, wash your hands immediately.
5. Ensure to cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
In people who get infected, the germ particles are present in places like the mouth, and other sense organs. Corona virus for example, in an infected patient, has several viral particles harboring the mouth and nose. When people like this talk or cough, the particles escape and become airborne. Unknowing to people around, they breathe in these dangerous microbes, and eventually, they might get infected.
To prevent this, people need to be aware. It is important to sneeze or cough into the elbow, or better still with a tissue to cover the mouth, but the tissue must be appropriately disposed of. Hands should be washed thereafter.
6. Regularly wash fresh foods and groceries
Ensure to wash all foodstuffs before cooking. Before consuming the fruits and vegetables you buy, wash them thoroughly. It is especially recommended that all farm produce to be consumed fresh without parboiling or cooking should be properly washed with soap and water, because they could probably harbor germs from the farm, during transportation or storage. Also, wash your hands properly after dealing with the fruits or vegetables. By doing this, you keep you and your family safe from germs.
7. Avoid hand contact with your face
Naturally and unknowingly we tend to touch things around, rub palms on surfaces and sometimes even carry stuff. Surfaces which are not disinfected contain germs, and whenever you make contact with such surfaces they stick to your hands.
This is no problem, what you need to do is caution yourself and adapt to the system of keeping hands off your face — make it a habit. Before touching any part of your face including your eyes, nose and mouth, make sure your hands are properly washed or sanitized.
8. Use a face mask
This is very essential in keeping you safe when unavoidably you find yourself in crowded places. It keeps you and everyone around you safe. When face masks are used correctly, an infected person cannot transmit the disease to people who are not infected, provided they use face masks, this is a double way prevention. To be protected in such a scenario, both parties must oblige to using the face masks appropriately. There are different types of face masks, a more common type is the one sewn from clothes, but the fact still remains that they are not as safe as the medical nose masks and N95 respirators.
9. Maintain social distancing
A high amount of coronavirus can be found in the saliva of its patients. When people like this talk, there is a high probability that some viral particles escape and become airborne. Social distancing keeps you safe in such scenarios. This is applicable to other disease infections. By maintaining social distance, you keep a distance of six feet from anyone next to you, another way of maintaining social distance is to avoid crowded places and work remotely as much as possible. Also, stop eating and drinking in public places.
10. Go under self-quarantine if infected
Immediately you notice you have been infected with a disease, the best thing to do is to go into self-isolation and call your doctor. Walking around freely will certainly put your loved ones and other people around you into the risk of getting infected. Make sure you stay indoors until you recover.