Touching your face is so natural a habit, you may not even realize you’re doing it until there’s good reason not to. Hands are a common transmission source for pathogens that can make you sick — including bacteria and viruses — according to a 2015 study in the American Journal of Infection Control. The COVID-19 pandemic is reason enough to stop being so handsy, but that’s often easier said than done.
Although many of us are taking all proper precautions and recommendations to keep ourselves and our families safe in the midst of COVID-19, it’s important to watch out for other illnesses and nasty bugs out there that can still pose a risk to our health. For instance, recent studies have shown that foodborne outbreaks keep increasing year over year. A recent food cleanliness survey found that nearly 20 percent of people still don’t regularly wash their produce before consuming and nearly one in four Americans wash their refrigerator vegetable drawers every six months to a year!
Thanks to optimal temperatures, access to nutrients, high moisture, and zero UV rays, your refrigerator drawers make the perfect environment for bacteria growth. If you’re not sanitizing your drawers every one to two week, they can actually end up being up to 45 times dirtier than a public toilet seat — yikes! If you’d like to know what some of the dirtiest spots in your kitchen are and the best way to wash fruits and vegetables to avoid catching a nasty bug or a foodborne virus, be sure to check out the infographic below!
The platform for Menstrual Hygiene Day, celebrated annually on the 28th of May, shares some guides to raise awareness on the lack of education on the issue, persisting taboos and stigma, limited access to hygienic menstrual products and poor sanitation infrastructure undermining the educational opportunities, health and overall social status of women and girls around the world resulting in millions of women and girls are kept from reaching their full potential. Some guides follow below:
Whether it’s happening for fun or for business, travelling can be (and often is) stressful in its own way. That goes especially in those situations where one has to cover great distances and be away from home for longer periods of time. Naturally, one of the biggest puzzles is how to keep oneself healthy and steer away from things that may compromise one’s well-being when travelling. Here are some of the most important things to remember when going on a trip.
Food safety and adequate hygiene procedures are standard practice in British restaurants… or so we would like to think. Just how short are some restaurants falling when it comes to meeting the required standards? Is your local restaurant up to standard for when the inspectors come calling?
This infographic below, provided by Cleaning Services Group UK, shows some stats about the Hygiene and Food safety in the UK, e.g.: how do the hygiene ratings work and what are some common infractions.