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Healthy Habits

Good hygiene habits – WHY?

“Ah-CHOO!!” No one likes being sneezed on. Or coughed on for that matter. Good hygiene habits mean doing your bit to keep your germs to yourself.

Good hygiene habits – HOW?

The UK Department of Health in 2008/09 launched a campaign called “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it” to encourage correct hygiene practices and to help reduce the spread of germs.

The “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it” message is simple:

  • Catch your cough or sneeze by covering your mouth, ideally with a tissue or with your elbow. Use a tissue if you have a runny nose.
  • Bin your tissue or wash your hands straight away. Microorganisms from your hands can be transferred to others via direct contact, or via surfaces that you touch. Microorganisms can live for several hours on different surfaces. Some items such as doorhandles, elevator buttons, gym equipment and money are touched many times a day by different people, greatly increasing the risk of spreading your germs.
  • This should help kill the microorganisms or at least prevent them from being spread to others.

If you are sick, consider staying home from work or school, and be extra vigilant in following good hygiene practices to avoid passing on your illness to others. It is best that you don’t visit anyone in hospital or who you know is susceptible to illness.

Other aspects of good personal hygiene habits are getting a good night’s sleep, eating a healthy diet including breakfast, and exercising regularly.

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The human body may be home to 10 times as many bacteria as human cells. Researchers believe the human body has over 500 bacterial species living in and on it.7 Trouble getting a date? 75% of women in a New York survey said they would only date a guy who showered daily.8   20-30% of handbags have faecal bacteria on the underside.22 In 2006, women spent an average of 54 minutes and men 43 minutes per day on personal hygiene.9
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