The Common Cold Prevention Home Work Germ

Viruses cause the common cold. Cold viruses are transmitted through the air when someone who has a cold sneezes or coughs. However, they are also spread through direct contact. One way that a person can directly transmit the cold is by sneezing into his hand, touching an object and then passing the object to another person.

Luckily, you can help prevent the spread of the cold virus and germs by keeping your home and work spaces clean.

Avoiding the Cold: Wash Your Hands

One of the best ways to avoid getting the common cold is to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly throughout the day using hot water and soap.

Preventing the Spread of Germs at Home

While you might think that the bathroom is a germ’s favorite place to hide out, your kitchen is actually the place where it is easiest for germs to grow. Believe it or not, sponges and dishcloths are huge germ culprits, even if they are washed in the dishwasher with detergents.

In order to really kill off those germs, wet the sponge or towel and then heat it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. This will help in preventing the spread of germs and will help kill cold germs.

To keep you counters clean, wipe them with a dish cloth or sponge using a disinfectant spray. Do not forget to attack other surfaces that might have been touched, including:

  • cupboard handles
  • doorknobs
  • kitchen sink faucets
  • refrigerator door handles
  • stove handles
  • trash cans.

You might also want to consider using paper towels instead of dishrags or sponges for your general cleaning.

Toilet seats and bathtubs should also be cleaned thoroughly and on a regular basis.

Another way of avoiding the cold is to make sure that no one shares the same glasses or utensils, particularly during the cold and flu season.

Also, don’t forget your telephones. When you talk on the phone, you also inhale and exhale. Make sure that you clean your phone frequently with a disinfectant spray or disinfectant wipe.

Preventing the Spread of Germs at Work

When preventing the spread of germs, you should treat your work space as if it were your home. Disinfect your phone frequently, as well as your work surfaces, including your computer keyboard.

Also, be particularly careful when you use common areas, including kitchens and bathrooms, at work. Make sure to wash your hands after each trip to the bathroom and also avoid placing eating utensils directly on shared kitchen counters.

Cleaning Tips: Anti-Bacterial Cleaners

There are a plethora of anti-bacterial cleaners on the market today, from sprays and gels for cleaning your home to lotions and soaps for cleaning your hands. While anti-bacterial cleaners can help prevent bacteria from growing, they do little to prevent the common cold.

In fact, there are two major problems with anti-bacterial cleaners:

  1. Anti-bacterial cleaners do not kill viruses. As stated earlier, viruses are responsible for the common cold.
  2. Anti-bacterial cleaners, when used in excess, may lead to the development of difficult-to-kill bacteria, or antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Studies show that anti-bacterial cleaners, as well as antimicrobial cleaners, are not only more expensive than regular soaps and detergents, but that they generally aren’t more effective at killing germs or stopping them from growing.

To kill germs, you don’t have to invest in expensive antibacterial products. Simply use regular soap on your hands and basic housecleaning products when cleaning the house. To really stop the spread of germs in your home, consider using disinfectants such as bleach when cleaning surfaces.

Resources

Greene Ink Inc. (n.d.) Preventing Colds, Flus, and Infections. Retrieved November 19, 2007, from the Dr. Greene Web site: http://www.drgreene.org/body.cfm?id=21