From very early in our lives we are told to wash our hands, cover our nose when coughing or sneezing along with many other hygiene “rules.” Have you ever wondered why personal hygiene is so important? Continue reading to discover the answer.
Why is hygiene important?
Most people are aware that our environment, including our home and bodies, is host to many infectious bacteria and viruses. These germs are commonly spread between people, animals, in food and in the water supply. They are easily spread into other areas via feces, mucous, vomit, skin scales etc. When people are exposed to these harmful germs an infection can develop.
Personal hygiene is one way to avoid infection. One of the most important things you can do after using the toilet and before eating is to wash your hands. This should be done with soap and water or using hand sanitizer. This is one of the most important ways to help stop the spread of infection. If you are suffering from a cold or flu it is important to cover your mouth, preferably with a tissue, when you cough or sneeze because these diseases are spread through the tiny droplets that are released. It is also important to dispose of tissues quickly and clean your hands after coughing or sneezing.
Household hygiene is also a very important part of preventing disease. Foods that may contain harmful germs, like raw meat, should be cooked for a certain time at the right temperature. It is also important to separate raw foods and cooked foods to avoid contamination. Continuous cleaning of the kitchen, bathroom and toilet is also a good way to stop the spread of infectious germs. For example, the reason we wash the dishes is not to make them sparkle, but to ensure they are not growing germs on any of the leftover food particles.
These are just some of the reasons that hygiene is so important. By taking them into consideration you stand a better chance of preventing infections.