Wage war against germs lurking at home, school, the workplace, and traveling by plane or train by arming yourself with common sense practices and health-promoting habits. Whether while you're eating or getting your hands dirty in the garden, applying these tips keeps you healthier and happier.
Step 1: Wash hands frequently Wash your hands frequently. It's vital to follow this rule to avoid infecting yourself with germs picked up through contact with people and germ-laden surfaces.
TIP: Scrub hands for at least 15 seconds with soap and water to wash away germs.
Step 2: Use hand sanitizers Use hand sanitizers to avoid germs when soap and water are unavailable.
TIP: Carry hand sanitizers in your purse or pocket and use them generously, or try antimicrobial wipes or moist towelettes if they are more convenient.
Step 3: Avoid touching Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands to prevent infection from germs.
Step 4: Monitor public pools Monitor public pool and hot tub cleanliness by asking staff how frequently pools and tub are cleaned and how often the chemical balance is measured.
Step 5: Wipe exercise equipment Wipe down exercise equipment at the gym before and after a workout.
Step 6: Sit near the front of an airplane Sit near the front of an airplane when flying where ventilation is optimized to evade airborne germs eager to travel home with passengers.
Step 7: Make it a habit Make it a habit to cough or sneeze into your hands or a tissue, then wash your hands afterward. Always wash your hands after using the bathroom. You may not save the planet from the next pandemic, but you will create a healthier environment for you and those around you.
FACT: Apollo 11 astronauts were quarantined when they arrived back on earth to prevent the possible spread of moon germs.