This is a MUST READ post!
'...we touch our face up to 23 times each hour and, of these, ten touches are to our eyes, nose or mouth. So while touching your face with contaminated hands you could be contaminating your hands or yourself with many infections, including influenza, the common cold and diarrhoeal infections. In fact, contaminated hands can spread most infectious diseases.'
Mary-Louise McLaws, Professor of Epidemiology Healthcare Infection and Infectious Diseases Control, UNSW Australia, explains the strengths and weaknesses of hand washing with soap and alcohol-based hand sanitisers: theconversation.com/health-...
This article has some excellent tips on how to best care for both your hands and your overall health by judicious use of both alcohol based and soap washing. Some excerpts:
'Alcohol-based hand rub has the added bonus of providing an additional 20 minutes of residual action on the surface of the health workers’ hands to keep pathogens from multiplying to a level that can cause infection in vulnerable patients.'
'Public transport has now become air-conditioned, providing a better environment for keeping respiratory and diarrhoeal viruses on hand rails and seats for longer. If you touch your face (as most of us do), you might like to use a hand rub after leaving the train or bus, as hand hygiene can reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses by 20% and by 30% for gastrointestinal infections.'
'Remember, though, inside a closed train or bus flu viruses can spread up to 2.5 metres from a passenger who is in the very early stages of flu, just from breathing or talking. So sometimes there’s no escaping these bugs without vaccination.'
Photo: Some safe separation public seating