The novel coronavirus outbreak and the resulting COVID-19 pandemic has made people around the world pay attention to everyday hygiene practices. Now that we're looking at everything and everyone as a suspect carrier of the dreaded viruses, an insane amount of sanitizers, alcohol or bleach-based disinfectants are being used to scrub different objects clean. A lot of these practices that we're following religiously today - repeated, rigorous hand-washing, for instance - are timeless defences against infections that medical practitioners have advocated for years.
Small careless acts like not washing hands after handling pets, touching one's face while preparing food, not stepping away to sneeze or cough while preparing food can make us more vulnerable to a host of infections, not just the novel coronavirus.
Gastrointestinal infections, salmonella infection, influenza, and the common cold are just a few of the many health hazards we can avoid in the future if we adhere to good hygiene practices, even after the sweeping tide of corona has abated
A little amount of soap is our best defence against the coronavirus. The soap and water solution helps break down the connection between the components such as proteins and lipids that make up a virus or bacteria structure, rendering them incapable of attaching to our cells and spreading infections. Alcohol-based sanitizers work in a similar fashion.
The important thing here is to ensure that you wash your hands long enough - for about 20 secs - each time and cover the entire surface, especially tricky spots such as between the finger and under the nails, to make sure the viruses have no place to hide. Otherwise, the whole purpose of the exercise is defeated. The same principle applies to all other viruses and bacterias that we come in contact with.
With so many food items, dishes, sponges, dishcloths, kitchens can be a hotbed of sneaky microbes waiting to lodge inside your body. Here are some hygiene practices you must follow at all times to reduce the risk of infections in your household
Another place swarming with germs, bacteria and viruses is your bathroom. Areas such as the bottom of the sink bowl or recesses of the toilet seat rim are often hard to access and become a hotspot for contamination. Here are some domestic cleaning practices to keep in mind:
Yes, that pile of unwashed clothes building up in the laundry basket can also be a host for microbes to thrive. Here's what you can do to mitigate this risk of contamination in your home: