(WXYZ) – We often think of washing our hands as a way to prevent us from getting sick. But now you might want to consider going one step further…and change your clothes.
Viruses, bacteria and fungi are easily passed from person to person
And this can happen at work, school, riding a commuter bus or even the QLINE streetcar. Different types of microbes, or germs, can get picked up and live on your clothes for different amount of times. Changing what you’re wearing is a way to lower your risk of bringing bugs home with you.
You want to find a balance and limit the germs that come into your home, but not go overboard because we can’t live without them. We have bacteria on the surface of our skin, in our gut and our noses. Most of the time, they’re harmless. A lot of microbial species are beneficial to us and the environment as they kill pathogens that cause diseases or illnesses.
- Washing your hands is your best defense against germs. Use soap and water and don’t forget to clean under your fingernails.
- Clean your home on a regular basis, but target hi-traffic areas like your kitchen and bathroom. It’s a good way to avoid viruses you don’t build immunities to.
- You don’t need to bleach your entire home. A sterile environment is not a healthy way to live.
- If you or a loved one has a suppressed immune system, you might want to take extra cleaning precautions and consider changing your clothes as soon as you get home.
Typically your shoes don’t touch the furniture you sit on or lay down on.
But scientists have found feces on shoes that have contained E. coli and other bacteria
If you have small children that play or crawl on the floor, I’d recommend taking off your shoes.
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