- Most micro-organisms live much longer on metals than on wood or glass. Avoid touching metallic door handles in “risky” public places like restrooms or hospitals.
- 99% of all microbes can enter your body only through the mouth or nose. Except for the few air-borne ones, it is your hand which carries them there. Avoid touching your nose or mouth without washing your hands.
- Cover your mouth when you cough. If others don’t cover theirs when they cough, you cover your own. (And no, holding one’s breath doesn’t help).
- In most homes, kitchen aprons usually contain more microbes than a toilet! This is because most people do not wash their aprons, while toilets are regularly sanitized with disinfectants like Harpic (inspite of their horrible advertisements). Wash your kitchen aprons as frequently as you wash your own clothes.
- Dry your bed mattress in the sun for a day at least once every six months. Turn it midday to make sure both sides get sunlight. Sunlight kills most germs and mildew. If you have constant bouts of sneezing/running nose, these can be a very likely cause.