You’ll be surprised to know how quickly germs pass on from various unsuspecting sources to your hand and then into your system.
Some of the sources will take you by surprise—your mobile phone, your car keys, your wallet, your laptop, your handbag, your make-up kit.phew and the list goes on. And you thought your hands caught germs only when you touched something visibly dirty.
Here are a few useful suggestions that will go a long way in protecting you from most of the infections caused by the all-pervasive germs.
- Freshen up as soon as you enter your office after all that hectic travelling from home [especially if you travel by public transport]. The same applies when you reach home in the evening.
- Keep your office desk clutter-free, as germs tend to accumulate in cluttered areas. Clean your desk surface, computer keyboard and handset of the desk phone periodically with antibacterial sprays.
- Avoid eating at your office desk. Get up and go away from the desk, even if it is only for a snack. Food crumbs on your keyboard and desk are dangerous sources for bacteria to multiply and cause infections. This also has the additional benefit of keeping you active.
- Eat freshly prepared and hot food as much as possible. Avoid eating from unknown places.
- Clean your personal belongings—your car keys, wallet, mobile cover, helmet and other things you regularly use—with a good antibacterial solution at least once a week.
- Don’t share your comb, napkin, make-up items and such personal belongings with others.