You wouldn't believe how much germs we come into contact each day.

It's no secret that we come into contact with germs every day. From the daily items that we touch to the naturally occurring microbes in our body, microorganisms co-exist with humans and it is impossible to not come into contact with them in our daily lives. Over time, we have developed immunity towards some of these germs, bacteria and viruses but they have a variety of strains. The more we are exposed to these microorganisms, the more immune our bodies are toward these microbes. Although there are some harmful microorganisms that can make us ill, it is important to note that there are microorganisms that are important in helping us to synthesize vitamins, maintain a healthy digestive and immune system as well as breaking down food into usable nutrients.

Here's the shocker; we come into contact with roughly 60,000 types of germs on a daily basis. There's no need to be alarmed though, as only about 1% to 2% of those germs are potentially harmful to people with normal immunity. To further protect ourselves from even deadlier forms of microorganisms, getting vaccinated is a viable and reliable option. Despite everything, it helps to educate ourselves about what we are exposed to on a daily basis in order to prevent what is preventable.

"These could be living on your phone"

Here are some unassumingly bacteria-ridden surfaces:

  • door handles

  • ATMs and pin pads

  • computer keyboards

  • shopping carts

  • keys

  • money

  • purse and wallet

  • remote control

  • phones

These surfaces come into contact with a lot of people each day and are responsible for the transmission of germs and bacteria to multiple users. People with every known illnesses come into contact with these surfaces, but not everybody maintains a hand washing/cleansing regimen to stop the spreading of germs. This leads to the spread of infectious diseases such as:

  • cold and flu viruses

  • norovirus

  • e-coli

  • salmonella

  • coronavirus

Although diseases spread mainly through contaminated surfaces, it can also spread through perfectly healthy people who don't maintain adequate personal hand hygiene. It is common courtesy to wash your hands after using the washroom but only 66% of people actually do. Not only is this unhygienic, bacteria from fecal matter carries harmful pathogens such as e-coli and streptococcus. It gets worse when people who had just used the washroom without washing their hands touched items that may come into contact with many people especially in public areas.

"Always wash your hands after using the washroom"

Therefore, we should always keep a healthy hand hygiene routine by washing our hands frequently with anti-bacterial hand wash such as Wanderhand's MINI Handwash. Besides keeping our hands clean, we should also clean the items that we use frequently on a daily basis such as our phones in order to minimize the growth of bacteria on those surfaces. When outside, we should be aware of what we're touching. If possible, try to minimize the area of contact between your hands and surfaces in public such as by using your knuckles to press pin pads and elevator buttons. Keep a pack of wet wipes or hand sanitizer handy with you to keep your hands clean if you are not able to wash them. However, washing your hands with plain old soap and water will always be the most effective way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases so practice it diligently.

"Keep you hands germ free and happy with Wanderhand!"

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