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Germ awareness is the knowledge and practice of preventing the spread of germs. It is essential for maintaining good health and preventing the spread of diseases. Germs are tiny organisms that can cause infections and illnesses. They are present in our environment, and we come into contact with them every day. In this article, we will discuss the importance of germ awareness and the steps you can take to prevent the spread of germs.
Why Germ Awareness is Important
Germs can be transmitted through contact with people, animals, and objects. They can cause infections such as the common cold, flu, strep throat, and food poisoning. These illnesses can be mild or severe and can sometimes lead to hospitalization or even death. Therefore, it is important to be aware of germs and take steps to prevent their spread.
Germ awareness is particularly crucial in public places such as schools, hospitals, restaurants, and workplaces. These are places where many people come into contact with each other and where germs can easily spread. By practicing good hygiene and taking precautions to prevent the spread of germs, we can reduce the risk of getting sick and prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases.
Steps to Prevent the Spread of Germs
There are several simple steps that you can take to prevent the spread of germs:
- Wash your hands frequently. Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Use soap and warm water and rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to wash your hands after using the bathroom, before eating or preparing food, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
- Avoid touching your face. Germs can enter your body through your mouth, nose, and eyes. Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home if you are sick. If you are sick, stay home to avoid spreading germs to others. This is particularly important in public places such as schools and workplaces.
- Disinfect surfaces regularly. Germs can live on surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, and keyboards. Disinfect these surfaces regularly to kill germs and prevent their spread.
- Practice good hygiene. Keep yourself and your surroundings clean. Take a shower or bath regularly, wash your clothes, and keep your living space clean and tidy.
Germ awareness is essential for maintaining good health and preventing the spread of diseases. By practicing good hygiene and taking precautions to prevent the spread of germs, we can reduce the risk of getting sick and prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases. Remember to wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, avoid touching your face, stay home if you are sick, disinfect surfaces regularly, and practice good hygiene. By following these simple steps, you can protect yourself and others from the spread of germs.
Germ contamination is a significant problem that affects everyone, regardless of age or gender. Germs are tiny organisms that can cause disease and infection if they enter the body. They can be found everywhere, including in our homes, workplaces, schools, and public spaces. In this article, we will discuss what germ contamination is, how it occurs, and what we can do to prevent it.
Germ contamination occurs when harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites are present in an environment or on an object. These germs can spread from person to person through physical contact, air, or contaminated surfaces. Some of the most common ways germs can spread include touching contaminated surfaces, coughing or sneezing, or coming into contact with someone who is infected.
One of the most common places where germ contamination occurs is in the home. Many household items such as doorknobs, countertops, and bathroom fixtures can harbor harmful germs. Additionally, food that is not properly handled or cooked can also be a source of germ contamination. Poor hygiene habits such as not washing hands regularly can also contribute to the spread of germs.
In the workplace, germ contamination can occur in much the same way as it does in the home. Commonly touched items such as phones, keyboards, and desk surfaces can harbor harmful germs. Poor ventilation and close working conditions can also contribute to the spread of germs in the workplace. In addition, many industries such as healthcare and hospitality have a higher risk of germ contamination due to the nature of the work.
Schools and public spaces are also areas where germ contamination can occur. Many people come into contact with each other in these areas, making it easier for germs to spread. Additionally, poor hygiene habits and lack of cleanliness in these areas can contribute to the spread of germs.
Preventing germ contamination is essential to maintaining good health and preventing the spread of disease. There are several ways to reduce the risk of germ contamination, including:
- Regularly washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, phones, and countertops.
- Properly cooking and handling food to prevent contamination.
- Maintaining good personal hygiene, such as showering regularly and brushing teeth twice a day.
- Staying home when sick to prevent spreading illness to others.
Germ contamination is a significant problem that affects everyone. It can occur in many places, including the home, workplace, schools, and public spaces. To prevent germ contamination, it is essential to practice good hygiene habits and maintain a clean environment. By taking simple steps to prevent germ contamination, we can reduce the spread of disease and promote good health for ourselves and those around us.
(OCD) Fear of Germs and Germ Contamination
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by recurring thoughts, feelings, or impulses that cause significant distress or anxiety. These thoughts or impulses are often accompanied by repetitive behaviors or rituals that are performed to alleviate anxiety or fear.
One of the most common types of OCD is the fear of germ contamination. People with this type of OCD have an irrational fear of germs or getting sick, and they feel compelled to constantly clean and avoid contact with objects or people they perceive as contaminated.
Symptoms of OCD related to germ contamination may include excessive hand washing, avoidance of public places, excessive cleaning or disinfecting of surfaces, and wearing gloves or masks to avoid contact with germs. These behaviors can interfere with daily life and relationships and can cause significant distress or anxiety.
There are various theories about the causes of OCD, including genetic, environmental, and neurological factors. Research has shown that people with OCD may have differences in brain chemistry and function, particularly in areas of the brain that are involved in anxiety and fear response.
Treatment for OCD typically involves a combination of medication and therapy. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are often prescribed to help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression associated with OCD. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is also effective in treating OCD, particularly a type of CBT called exposure and response prevention (ERP).
ERP involves gradually exposing the person with OCD to situations or objects that trigger their fear or anxiety and helping them to resist the urge to engage in compulsive behaviors. Over time, this can help to reduce the intensity and frequency of obsessions and compulsions.
People with OCD need to seek professional help if their symptoms are interfering with their daily life or causing significant distress or anxiety. OCD is a treatable disorder, and with proper treatment, people can learn to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
OCD is a mental health disorder that can manifest in many different ways, including the fear of germ contamination. While it can be a challenging and distressing condition to live with, there are effective treatments available, including medication and therapy. With proper treatment, people with OCD can learn to manage their symptoms and improve their overall well-being.
Final Note From the Editor
Germs are all around us and we would not be able to live without them.
But for sufferers of contaminated OCD the thought that germs can potentially harm people, OCD sufferers are more vigilant and will avoid germ contamination to safeguard themselves and others.
The wording ‘Germs’ refers to the microscopic bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa that can cause disease. There are good germs and bad germs. The germs also known as (bacteria) help keep our digestive system in working order and keep harmful bad bacteria from moving in. Some bacteria are used to make medicines and vaccines. We also have good bacteria in our bodies to help fight bad bacteria. Scientists from the University of Georgia estimate the number of bacteria on our planet to be five million trillion.
Most People Encounter Roughly 60,000 Germs per day and germs live all around us in the air, in soil and water, and on food, plants, and animals (including on and in our bodies).
With an OCD germ contamination sufferer, it is not always about washing and keeping things clean, it may be more to do with the intrusive thought and the prevention of germ cross-contamination and the spread of germs.
An OCD germ contamination sufferer may avoid touching things that have not been disinfected or sterile, as everything that has been touched by someone else and not disinfected could carry harmful germs.
An OCD germ contamination sufferer will avoid touching things that have been touched by someone else without taking measures to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination. This may include touching door handles with tissue, elbow, or gloves which could also include toilet seat handles and sink taps.
Anything that has been touched by another person potentially could have harmful bacteria including Door Handles, Public Chairs, ATMs, Petrol Station filling Nozzles, and Card Machines,
When shopping several people may have handled a product before you, these people may be the ones that stack shelves with products that have been shipped from warehouses where other people have touched the same item before it ends up in your shopping basket and then in your home.
Imagine that the factory the item has come from may have been packed by the person (1) and then shipped by another person (2), collected by another person (3), and then stacked by another person (4), with a total of four or more people handling the same item you have just purchased. This is just an example but once a product leaves a factory and goes on its journey it will be handled by multiple people.
Let’s face it People are not doing as they are told are not maintaining social distancing and are spreading germs.
If we all did as we were told and we all disinfected everything and stayed our distance the virus would be under control but it’s not.
For people especially teenagers who won’t be told, try keeping two teenagers madly in love apart. Intermingling is happening under the radar and until a vaccine is found this virus will continue to persist.
Imagine two people living apart who are in a relationship, teenagers and adults alike how do you stop them from meeting up, you can’t and you won’t.
Also, try keeping bored teenagers inside under lockdown. You would have to tag everybody. Maybe that is their master plan but I am not going to go into conspiracy theories here. 🙂
For me, social distancing is second nature, especially now my social anxiety is increased, and am even reluctant to even meet and greet the delivery drivers let alone anyone else. I am at arm’s length when I have to collect a parcel and make them put it down on a wall until they are at a safe distance away from me.
I suffer from (germ contamination OCD) and the fear of touching things that have been touched by someone else without being disinfected is not incomprehensible to me. Hence I will avoid touching things and will handle items in a safe manner including removing all outer packaging carefully. The same goes for envelopes imagine how many people have touched that envelope before you and the saliva that stuck it down. How many letters have you opened that could be licked by someone? Imagine the tons of mail that are being shipped worldwide daily. How come no one has thought about this other than me?
Licking envelopes and stamps is the equivalent of sending anthrax in the post.
Not everything that gets touched with my bare hands can be made sterile or disinfected. Everyday paper, documents, letters, etc. Electrical equipment, that cannot have moisture via antibacterial wipes. Not everything can be disinfected, hence I have a quarantined area in my home.
I use over 1000 pairs of disposable gloves per month and about 6 liters of Dettol Antiseptic Disinfectant Liquid. That’s a small penance to pay if you want to keep your family safe.
Not everything can be disinfected so be careful how you sanitize things and remember if you have been out in public the chance of cross-contamination on your garments is slightly higher hence garments need to be washed at high temperatures to kill germs, as most professionals are suggesting for facemasks. However washing clothes at high temperatures potentially can damage the garments, such as shrinkage, and color bleeds so an alternative method of using Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser helps to kill 99.9%% of germs at low temperatures in your washing machine. I use the traditional Dettol Antiseptic Disinfectant (brown-colored liquid), the downside to that my clothes do not come out smelling of flowers but I do believe Dettol has a Lavender and Orange oil Disinfectant that you can use for laundry use.
**Always** read the small print on the back of the packaging to see if it suits your purpose of what you are about to disinfect.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, I am even more careful what I touch and am more vigilant especially after I had intrusive thoughts about a takeout that was made up by someone else. I fought my thoughts but started to feel uneasy when I developed a mild sore throat which has now eased off thankfully. But the paranoia started to set in and it took some doing to overcome these unwanted thoughts.
Being labeled a germaphobe is not a laughing matter and one should not put labels on people. OCD is a mental health disorder and in my case, it has fluctuated since this COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are to use disposable gloves only use them once and then immediately replace them with a fresh pair (They are for one use only).
Always get rid of disposable masks carefully and never wear any mask twice, even if it is a washable cloth mask, as the pathogens could have landed on your masks whilst you were out (if you can’t see them how do you know they are not there).
Never share anything with another person, such as pens, keyboards, etc. without disinfecting them first.
Don’t worry about what people think, they should be more understanding, especially in this present climate.
Always maintain social distancing and in the case of people you work with where you cannot maintain social distancing do not shake hands with them, especially if you do not want to whip out the hand sanitizer straight after, so as not to offend the individual and always wear your masks wherever possible and disinfect everything before using.
If anything when making contact with someone try to do fist bumps, air hugs & kisses unless you know the person.
Germs could be on surfaces avoid touching public surfaces wherever possible and disinfect things before touching them.
Be vigilant of your environment, where pathogens can land on surfaces if they are airborne.
Useful Links & Educational Videos
Do take a moment to watch the videos and the links I have attached to give you a better understanding of Germ Contamination.
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The Editor Suffers From OCD & Cerebellar Atrophy. She is an Entrepreneur & Published Author, she writes content on a range of topics, including politics, current affairs, health and business. She is an advocate for Mental Health, Human Rights & Disability Discrimination.
Whilst her disabilities can be challenging she has adapted her life around her health and documents her journey online.
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