It sounds too basic, yet handwashing is the single most important way of preventing spread of germs. Keeping our hands clean always is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to other people.
Below are 10 possible ways people get sick through spread of germs:
- Contact with eyes, nose and mouth: Without knowing or realizing it, people frequently touch their face, nose, eyes and mouth. Different kinds of virus and bacteria found on these parts of the body can spread to others unwittingly.
- Feeding self or someone with unwashed hands. Bear in mind, before feeding self or others, handwashing is the only acceptable prior action.
- Germs can be transferred or contacted from objects. Frequently touched objects in public places (such as rails or doors) are hosts to countless number of germs.
- Shaking hands with someone who has virus/bacteria in his hand or transferring germs from your hand to someone through handshaking.
- Biting your fingers or your fingernails without washing hands subsequently.
- Sneezing into your hands with a follow-up touch of an object or someone.
- Coughing into a cupped hand with a follow up touch of an object, a child, food, or someone.
- Picking residual meat or food with bare fingers from teeth without consideration for handwashing afterward.
- Cleaning after yourself or cleaning a child after bowel movement without consideration for thorough handwashing thereafter.
- Failure to wash hands after urination.