It is important to take daily measures aiming at reducting the risk of illness. The efficacy of these measures depends to a large degree on:
- practicing good personal hygiene. Proper washing or disinfecting the hands decreases the risk of disease, including respiratory tract diseases and gastrointestinal tract diseases.
- eating fresh produce, and washing it thoroughly before eating food-related hygiene – removing food leftovers after eating, storing food according to the food manufacturer’s guidelines, observing the use-by dates
- water hygiene – using only safe water sources or performing appropriate water treatment before use
- active lifestyle
- participating in sports
- avoiding substance abuse
The need for handwashing is very common, and people tend to think they know very well how to wash their hands. The reality, however, is quite different. Many of us do not wash their hands after playing with animals, using the toilet, or upon returning home. But this way, by touching household items, we spread dangerous bacteria to other people. In situations, when washing the hands with soap and running water is not possible, using antibacterial hand gels CleanHands is recommended. We should remember that even if we ourselves happen to be highly resistant to disease and get sick very seldom, we can still spread germs to less resistant individuals—children, sick or elderly persons, with weakened immune systems. This is why it is so important to remember about good hand hygiene, not only at home, but, maybe even more crucially, also away from it.