Let’s face it, germs are all around us. We can’t hide from them or run from them. From the trip to the grocery store, to the gas station—by the time you’re home you’ve encountered a number of viruses, bacteria or other harmful contaminants. It’s hard to avoid them.
Studies have shown that an adult, on average, can touch up to 30 objects within a minute. High-trafficked places like door handles, tables and menus can all be hot spots for germs. Once they are transferred to someone’s hands, they stand a strong chance of infecting them. When in a public setting, it’s best to avoid touching surfaces as much as possible because germs are often created from living cells and enter the body through the mouth, eyes and nose. Respiratory droplets—the medical term for what comes out when someone sneezes or coughs—are common sources of bacteria and other microbes that can make a person sick. They disperse widely and can remain potent for several hours.
It’s hard enough trying to keep your work environment safe and clean, but how can you protect yourself in public places? And further, how can you protect your employees and customers?
Always wash your hands before you eat or touch food, after you use the restroom, after coughing or sneezing—the list goes on and on. After you do anything, wash your hands. Be sure you’re using antibacterial hand soap or hand sanitizer, and make sure you do a thorough job.
Keep your hands away from your face
While washing your hands is incredibly important in preventing the spread of germs, if you spend any amount of time in public spaces or in your office, you’ll pick up germs and bacteria along the way. This means that you should resist the urge to touch your face as much as possible. We know it’s tough to resist the urge, but it’s difficult to imagine the sheer number of bacteria your hands pick up when you open doors, sit at your desk, go to the bathroom, handle the phones and heat up your food via the microwave. Touching our faces is both an involuntary response and an unconscious habit we must learn to curb to reduce the risk of bacteria, germs, viruses and pathogens from entering the body and making us sick.
Avoid communal candy bowls
We know, this one hurts. Who wouldn’t want to reach their hand into the candy bowl or cookie jar? Only 67% of people who say they wash their hands actually do. Plus, only a 1/3 of those people use soap. Skip the candy bowl or chip basket everyone has their hands in and go for the prepackaged stuff.
Proactive safety measures go a long way. A high-quality surface and air purification system can provide the ultimate protection. ActivePure Technology, goes beyond the traditional air purification system to improve air quality while reducing the number of viruses, bacteria, air and surface contaminants. It is safe to use continuously, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This unique system was designed to work quietly and effectively to improve health and quality of life. It has been proven to reduce airborne and surface contaminants including viruses, bacteria, mold and more, reduce odors and protect against recontamination as people come and go from their workspace.
Learn more about how you can provide peace of mind for you, your employees and your customers by installing ActivePure Technology today. You are also welcome to give us a call at (800) 243-9078.