Around the world, people are taking precautionary measures to avoid the spread of bacteria that could lead to infections – especially now that Coronavirus has reached global pandemic proportions. You can’t go anywhere without seeing someone in a surgical mask, however the most effective preventative measure is still frequent – and thorough – hand washing.
Alright people, brace yourselves – it’s about to get ugly. The picture below shows the results of an experiment where slices of bread came into contact with hands after different methods of cleaning, and it displays the horrific amount of transferred bacteria.
Piece one, which was wiped on a laptop, piece three, which was touched with unwashed hands, and piece five, which was handled post-hand sanitiser, are far more infected than piece four – a piece touched with hands washed with soap and water. When compared with the control, it’s truly disgusting. This photo demonstrates the importance of washing your hands and how effective the simple act is at preventing the spread of bacteria. We dare you not to think about how many times your hands touch your face – we hope you’re not a nail biter.
Washing your hands is the way to go - don't depend on those surgical masks to stop you from catching a cold. As it turns out, masks are only mildly effective because of their loose fit, and they can even lead to inhaling more bacteria as the inside becomes moist over time. Gross. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends only those who are already sick wear masks in order to prevent spreading the bacteria to others. If you still want to purchase a mask, make sure you read the fine print (get one that protects against airborne droplets), and splurge on the heavy-duty N-95 version so you can ensure it filters out all the nasties.