Most of us are not aware that we are in constant danger every day and that all people are facing this same threat. We can’t escape this threat, but we can decrease the risks of this threat. People working in the food industry are very familiar with this threat because they have experienced it first-hand. With regards to hidden health hindrances aside from this threat mentioned, Sarah’s explains in more detail the different obstacles that we can encounter.
The health threat creeping with us is not our blood pressure, heart, cancer, or even a strain of bacteria or virus that will turn us into a flesh-eating zombie. A lot of people are not also aware of how insidious this threat is, but it affects everyone: rich or poor, young or old. And that threat is our hands.
Every day we use our hands by rubbing our eyes, touch doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, microwave keypads, and even shake hands with a lot of people. We lick our thumb and forefinger while shuffling papers, sneeze into a tissue, open a car door, or scratch our heads.
You now realize that the things in stock for those things that we do is that we use our hands even though we don’t do those activities every day, but surely within a week we experience these.
The worst part is that the mentioned things above that one can commonly do in public has been done by dozens, if not hundreds of individuals. Surfaces contacted have been touched by kids, adults, and older people. The chances of them washing their hands before touching any surface is unknown as well.
The real problem is that any possibly contagious disease can be lurking on touched surfaces, and transmission is easy if you have reached the same surface the previous person touched without washing your hands. Below are some tips on managing the risk to protect us.
Most contagious diseases are transmitted through the hands, touching our mouths or hands touching out eyes. We must wash our hands every time we feel any surface that is potentially contaminated. If you have the time to do this, you should wash your hands regularly.
No Touch Policy
Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, or nose with contaminated hands because this will cause you to get sick. If you must touch your face, use facial tissue, then wash your hands as soon as possible.
You should clean all the surfaces where the hands commonly touch like doorknobs, light switches, touchscreen devices, computer keyboards and mouse, and telephones.
There are many ways to expose ourselves to diseases, and being proactive and mindful of our actions is our best defense to protect ourselves from various diseases. Remind yourself of these tips and maintain good overall hygiene.