Interesting Facts About Germs: Water Temperature Doesn’t Matter

Everyone knows that germs are present in virtually every knock and cranny and on each and every surface we come into contact with in our everyday life. The term “germs” refers to the microscopic bacteria , viruses, fungi , and protozoa that can cause disease.
Washing hands well and often is the most important thing your family can do to prevent germs from leading to infections and sickness.
Once organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa invade a body, they get ready to stay for a while. These germs draw all their energy from the host. They may damage or destroy healthy cells. As they use up your nutrients and energy, they may produce proteins known as toxins.
Some toxins cause the annoying symptoms of common colds or flu-like infections, such as sniffles, sneezing, coughing, and diarrhea.
But other toxins can cause high fever, increased heart rate, low blood pressure, a generalized inflammatory response in the body, and even life-threatening illness.
Most germs are spread through the air in sneezes or coughs or through body fluids like sweat, saliva, semen, vaginal fluid, or blood. So limiting contact with those substances, as far as possible, is our best protection against germs.
Here are FIVE interesting facts about germs:
1. Water temperature doesn’t matter to germs. Scouring your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is your simplest protection against harmful germs. But there’s no need to bother with hot water. Interestingly, warm water is no more effective than cold in eliminating bacteria from your hands.
2. Grabbing with paper towels or tissues. Using a tissue to open a door will reduce your physical contact with germs on surfaces, just like wearing gloves, but if you just wad the paper up and put it in your pocket, it’s no use (not to mention wasteful) because you’ll end up touching whatever the paper touched.
For this method to be effective, you’d have to know and practice sterile techniques—for instance, taking your gloves off the right way so that you don’t re-contaminate them. There’s also the possibility that the paper is more absorbent than your own skin.
3. Your kitchen sink is dirtier than your toilet. “Get your mind out of the toilet,” the saying goes, but “Get your brain out of the kitchen sink” would be more accurate. According to CBS, “Your kitchen sink contains 100,000 times more germs than your toilet.”
Your toilet isn’t even one of the 10 germiest places in your home! In fact, the only extremely germy location in the bathroom is the toothbrush holder, due to its proximity to the toilet (and that people are more vigilant about toilet cleaning).
4. 1 in 6 men don’t wash their hands after using the restroom. More women wash their hands after using the bathroom compared to men (about 93% compared to roughly 85%). But the scariest part is that even though people wash their hands, 95% of people don’t do it correctly.
You should lather up with soap and scrub for 15 to 20 seconds, which is as long as it takes you to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. But most people only wash their hands for 6 seconds. If you need motivation to scrub your hands for longer than a few seconds, keep in mind that 1 in 4 bathroom soap dispensers has fecal bacteria on it.
5. Cell phones are 18 times dirtier than toilet handles. We’re constantly touching our phones — in fact, 75% of Americans use their phone in the bathroom! Yet no one thinks of washing their hands after using their phone (or cleaning the phone itself). Therefore, it’s not surprising that one in six cell phones has E. coli bacteria on it. To keep that iPhone from becoming an iGross, turn your phone off once a week and clean it with an antibacterial wipe.

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