Health Tips: Stop the Spread of Bacteria

Jun 2013

We all know that some bacteria can be harmful to our bodies, and that numerous viral strains can be passed on from person to person through bacteria. What many people don’t realise, however, is just how easy it is for this bacteria to get around – especially in busier cities, and in those areas with a high population density.

Particularly if you use public transport, or come into regular contact with the general public in your place of work, then you should be aware of the health risks the spread of bacteria poses, and always follow certain hygiene procedures. And, where possible, you should encourage those around you to do the same (but politely of course!).

Here are some basic rules you should always stick to if you want to stop the spread of bacteria and limit your exposure (and that of those around you) to bugs:

Wash Your Hands Regularly

Whenever you’ve touched a dirty surface, used a bathroom, held a handle on a bus or a train, or handled money, you should always wash your hands afterwards. To reduce your risk of ingesting any harmful bacteria, don’t forget to wash your hands before and after eating and drinking too.

Cover Your Mouth…

Whenever you sneeze or cough. If you’re suffering from  a cold, then you’re more likely to pass your bug on to others by filling the air with it – so, where possible always place your hand over your mouth whenever you feel an involuntary outburst coming on. And wash your hands afterwards.

Practice Good Hygiene

Bacteria can linger on our skin and our clothes, so to reduce the risk of picking up bugs or passing them onto someone else, always practice decent hygiene. Take a shower or a bath at least once a day, and wash and change your clothes regularly.

And If You Are Unwell…

We all want to be the hero when it comes to our places of work, but the last thing you want to do when suffering with a bug is pass it on to everyone in your office. If you don’t feel up to it, don’t risk it. Speak to your superior, and take the day off. Make an appointment with your doctor, and see if there’s anything they can do to help you recover.

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