Be a GERM buster!
Our hands are constantly in use. We use them to type, write, text, scratch, wipe, swipe, swat, pick, squeeze, and the list goes on and on. Our hands are magnets for germs and keeping them clean is the most important step we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading the germs to others. DID YOU KNOW that some germs can grow and divide every 20 minutes? This means that 1 germ can become 8 million germs just in 1 day. Yuck! Germs can be bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi or viruses and all have the potential to make you and others sick. DID YOU KNOW that some germs can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces such as tables, door knobs, and desks? When you touch a door knob or elevator button germs are left behind. Cold, stomach flu viruses can be spread in this manner. You will not get a STD from touching a door knob but you may end up with a cold or the flu. DID YOU KNOW that when you sneeze germs travel at 80 miles per hour? Sneezes contain droplets of germs that can be more contagious than those spread by direct contact such as touching a doorknob. DID YOU KNOW that in a recent survey of 5 large cities only 77% of people indicated that they washed their hands after using a public rest room? When was the last time you washed your hands?
Washing your hands frequently is the best step you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. The best practice is to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds. Don’t know how long is 20 seconds? Just hum “Happy Birthday” song twice and make sure that you wash your entire hand paying attention to cleaning between your fingers and under your nails. Dry your hands using a clean towel or paper.
Using soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on your hands. However, if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on your hands but they do NOT eliminate all types of germs.
Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze! Immediately throw the tissue in a receptacle and wash your hands!
Germ busters provided various informative activities on October 29th in the Gavan Lounge: See pics below!