Autumn has definitely arrived and it is rather beautiful to witness the spectacle of Mother Nature as tree leaves change tones and shades of colour in slow mutation. However, it also poses its own challenges…a lot of wet noses around with people sneezing and coughing non-stop in public places. Woman caught cold , flu, running
Autumn has definitely arrived and it is rather beautiful to witness the spectacle of Mother Nature as tree leaves change tones and shades of colour in slow mutation. However, it also poses its own challenges…a lot of wet noses around with people sneezing and coughing non-stop in public places.
year on the 15th October, Global Handwashing Day is celebrated
worldwide with the aim of alerting people to the need of washing their hands
properly with soap. This celebration usually involves many activities and
events taking place in schools, workplaces and households amongst other locations.
in mind this is the season for catching colds and flu easily anywhere, it becomes
even more pressing to remind people to regularly wash their hands, especially
after using the toilet!
I have witnessed far too many people using the toilet in public places and
later touch the door knob to walk out, without ever washing their hands. Needless
to say, touching light switches and keyboards, door handles as well as phones
are the most notorious ways to spread germs, microbes, viruses and allow others
to catch a wide range of diseases.
before I even started researching this matter I already had many doubts but the
studies produced only confirmed my suspicions in terms of what generally happens
in the UK.
I can understand perfectly well why Her Majesty always wears gloves to greet
people at public functions! As I write this, I am even thinking twice before
shaking someone’s hand again…
see, in the UK, while 95% of people claim to have a good level of personal
hygiene, be squeaky clean and always wash their hands nicely with soap, their
mobile phones however ”coughed up” the evidence that totally betrayed all their
if some of the best brains in the world had nothing better to do, a UK wide
scientific study produced by Queen Mary, University of London and the London
School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine revealed that 92% of mobile phones
and 82% of personal hands were heaving with bacteria all over the place!
make matters even worse, the people carrying bacteria on their hands were also three
times more likely to have bacteria on their phones. In the meanwhile, 16% of mobile
phones and people’s hands contained traces of a hardened faecal bacteria
– E. Coli. Unfortunately this bacteria is easily picked up by human touch,
door handles, food and even mobile phones as it can survive for hours!
a regional level there were some differences though. As most people know,
Londoners like to crack jokes about the Northeners all the time and vice-versa.
Ironically, in this case Londoners were caught “red handed” as they held the
highest level of E. coli on their bare hands (28%).
the scientific study travelled towards the north of the UK, things only got
worse: Birmingham had the largest number of contaminated phones (41%) and
Glasgow won the record for being the least hygienic location of all, as
bacteria levels on phones and personal hands were nine times higher than a
southern seaside city like Brighton.
Equally, disturbing was a study of bank
notes and credit cards which revealed that only 39% of people in the UK wash
their hands before eating.
In terms of gender, it looks like the gentlemen need to be
more mindful of their own personal habits. Electronic devices used during the
study proved that a mere 32% of men and 64% of women did wash their hands.
Therefore, as seasons change do everyone a favour and remember to wash your hands regularly, as often as you can during each day. Most importantly, wash your hands before enjoying a meal and always after using the toilets.