What is the germiest object you will touch today?
Children explore the world through their mouths, on average, child will touch his or her face more than
81 times per hour and adults over 15 times per hour. Very young children touch their face more than once per minute.
What is the germiest object you will encounter today?
A petrol pump handle?
Kimberly-Clark's test of everyday objects in six cities puts petrol-pump handles at the top of the contamination list. Hygienists found 71 percent of petrol-pump handles that were swabbed tripped the ATP (adenosine triphosphate) meter, a device used to monitor sanitary conditions.
Other public surfaces with an ATP reading above 300, which indicates a high risk for illness transmission, were 68 percent of public mailbox handles, 43 percent of escalator rails, 41 percent of ATM buttons, 40 percent of parking meters/kiosks, 35 percent of crosswalk buttons and 35 percent of vending machine buttons.
Hands off: A virus gets on hands and is transferred to the nose, mouth or eyes. Adults touch their face about 15 times an hour compared to 42 times in 2- to 5-year-old children and 81 times per hour in children younger than 2 years. So washing your hands frequently for 20 seconds can help prevent the spread of germs.
Blame the kid: Small children, especially those in day care, have four to eight colds per year and often spread the virus to family members.
A Belconnen aged care centre is the latest to suffer an outbreak of salmonella following the deaths of two elderly people in NSW.
The "unusual strain" of salmonella has now infected 26 people across both NSW and the ACT according to NSW Health with 9 people in hospital. The outbreak has prompted the main provider the Illawarra Retirement Trust (IRT) to call in industrial cleaning experts.
Queensland Health states that salmonellosis is a type of gastroenteritis caused by Salmonella bacteria. While most salmonella infections occur in Australia after eating contaminated food, it can also be as a result of coming into contact with another person with the infection.
Nieves Murray, CEO of the IRT Group, said that they were working closely with ACT Health to find the cause of the infection. "The NSW Food Authority and ACT Health have conducted rigorous scientific testing at their affected centres over the past two weeks with neither finding any evidence of salmonella in their kitchens."
Source : PR Newswire