Clean-Up to Stay Healthy!

by on October 13th, 2010 at 7:00 am

Spring cleaning is good for the home, but cold and flu season calls for more drastic measures. Have you ever thought of the ways you set yourself up for contracting diseases that could easily be avoided with simple hygiene?

It’s a fact; we are surrounded by germs no matter where we go: the supermarket, public transportation, work, and the library. Our body can handle most of what we come in contact with, but with cold and flu season around the corner, we need to be more proactive in taking steps to protect ourselves and our family. This is where good hygiene comes into place.

Many are used to thinking of our cars as almost a home away from home, and it’s common to see people eating or changing a child’s diaper in a car. Sometimes you don’t really have much of a choice. But considering the fact that you will probably be loading groceries in the same car on a regular basis, wouldn’t it make sense to keep it clean? That’s where the difference resides. In a recent study, scientists from the University of Aston found that an average car contained 283 types of bacteria per square centimeter. The highest concentrations where found not surprisingly on the gear stick. Simply put, you may be driving your children to school, your toddler to day-care, and yourself to work, in a haven of bacteria. That’s how the vicious cycle begins…

Our workspace is also more often then not the culprit of infectious diseases. Phones, mouses, and keyboards should be wiped down on a regular basis, and if you eat at your desk, you should clean it right after you eat. Also, it is not a good idea to store food at your desk. If you don’t have a kitchen at work, then keep food in an appropriate and sealed container such as a lunch box.

If possible, certain habits should be modified. Eating in your car, for example, increases the chances of bacteria reproducing. It makes sense then that eating in bed or at your desk isn’t a good idea, either.

Finally, following simple and precautionary measures such as these gives us an advantage when facing the inevitable contagious viruses and germs that commonly circulate throughout the season and can put a halt on your life and the lives of your family- and staying well is something we can all benefit from!

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4 Responses to “Clean-Up to Stay Healthy!”

  1. David

    Nov 2nd, 2010

    This is an article about cold and flu season. Since when did bacteria cause colds and flu? If I have all 283 bacteria in my car, I won’t get a cold. On the contrary, I may strengthen my immune system, giving me fighting power against the viruses that are involved.

  2. A. Tarallo

    Nov 2nd, 2010

    Hi David,

    Yes, you are right, colds are caused by a virus, but secondary infections can be caused by bacteria and we are most vulnerable when the immune system has been compromised (as in the case of a cold or flu).

    While it is true that contact with some germs is necessary (and inevitable) in our daily lives, good hygiene is one of the best ways to stay healthy. This includes washing hands frequently with warm water and soap, especially during cold and flu season.

  3. Angie

    Nov 3rd, 2010

    I thought the cold and flu were viruses??? Antibacterial agents are the cause of so much sickness. It kills bad and GOOD bacteria. Then our bodies are no longer equipped to fight!!

  4. A. Tarallo

    Nov 3rd, 2010

    Hi Angie,

    Thank you for your comment! The article was meant to emphasize the benefits of common hygiene practices such as washing hands frequently etc. It also discusses the danger of secondary infections which can be caused by bacteria while the immune system is vulnerable as in the case of colds or flu. I hope it didn’t come across as promoting the use of antibacterial products, that was not my intention.

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