If you’re like me, you don’t like to think about the microbe-encrusted surfaces you encounter every day. Maybe you don’t want to look like a fussy little germ-phobic person with your arsenal of cleaning wipes, gloves, and distrust of public spaces. Maybe you think germs won’t get you, because you’re tough and cool. Perhaps, like me, you need to, in the words of my old pappy, “Wake up and die right” (aka get a clue). Germs, like opinions, are all around us, and they are not always our friends. How are germs spread, you ask?
- Nose, mouth, or eyes to hands to others. Don’t be touching your face all the time, either.
- Hands to food. Wash your hands before grabbing that donut in the break room.
- Food to hands to food. Wash your hands after you handle raw meat, for instance.
- Infected child to hands to other children. Bless their little hearts, but they’re terrible germ-bags. Teach them to wash their hands already.
- Animals to people. Wash up after snuggling the pooch.
- The overall message seems clear: wash your hands. That’s the single most important way to prevent the spread of disease. Here’s a link to prove it.
Here are some interesting and informative books about germs and germ-related havoc: