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Germs, Germs, GERMS!

A very funny friend of mine shared his experience with me-and it was not funny:

One day, while at work, he was pressed and had to use a public toilet. He had barely entered through the door when

he tripped and dropped his smart phone-right into the toilet bowl. It was an unflushed toilet!

Forgive me, I don’t want to remember how he got it out of there, but I assure you, his phone will never be the same again… You think that’s bad? Check this out:

Research shows that door handles in public places carry more germs than toilet seats. Some of the germs found here are exactly the same kind as those found in fresh human faeces! In 2013, one British research showed that some smart phones carried up to THIRTY TIMES more germs than a public toilet seat! This is one of the few reasons why we get sick. Germs. We’ll discuss these in a moment.

Mr. Q is a slob. He’s been to a public toilet and hasn’t washed his hands. Now he’s picking his moist nose. He meets his old friend Mr. Z and greets him with a full, strong, hearty (and moist!) handshake…

No wonder that the heaviest and most evil source of germs known to man in this modern age include: your smart phones and tablets; your computer keyboards; your hand bags; and indeed, water tap handles!

 

What Are Germs?

Basically, germs are very tiny living things that can cause disease. They’re so tiny that you can’t see them with the naked eye. About 10million germs could sit comfortably on the head of a pin. We use special tools called Microscopes to see them. Because of this, we also call germs “microbes”.

What Kinds of Germs Are There?

There are many kinds of germs: bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses, but the smallest and most troublesome of these are the viruses. How about the Ebola disease? And HIV? These are some really mean viruses!

 

But Some Germs Are Good Guys.

Strangely enough, some bacteria actually do us good: some live on our skin and help fight off harmful bacteria. Some stay in our intestines and help to produce some nutrients we need.

However, most of the rest of the germ community are very bad guys.

 

Some Bad News…

In 2016 alone, and in the United States alone, the number of folks who fell ill from germs was over 19million, according to the National Centre for Health Statistics, Centre for Disease Control (CDC).

And in very many countries all over this planet, many food handlers are not even aware of the existence of germs! Of those aware, only a small fraction practise good hygiene or even at least wash their hands. And then we wonder how disease epidemics start!

 

Protect Yourself!

Wash your hands when you get the chance to. A hand sanitizer is useful for while you’re at work. You surely will have touched door knobs and other surfaces contaminated by some folks-and you don’t know where they’ve been! People have been known to type on cybercafé keyboards right after vigorously scratching their genital regions with their nails.

Let us pause for a moment to pray for the nail-biters among us. Oh, the stuff that they taste everyday…

Check out 9 Everyday Items Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat at the Readers’ Digest site, www.rd.com

Politely minimise your handshakes. It’s better to come off as rude and proud than to have a handshake alliance with a disease carrier! And in any case, do use your hand sanitizer often.

 

It would be nice, and you’d do well to rethink your kissing hobby-if you have one. It's no longer trendy to engage with every person you like.

Sex with one person, not “one person at a time

Encourage good, fresh air in public places. Leave doors open as much as possible. You don’t want to be locked in a room with an actively coughing, non-hanky-holding tuberculosis patient.

Do keep a handkerchief on your person. Tissue paper is even better: clean your nose and dispose.

When cleaning public places, ensure that disposable gloves are used, and changed frequently: the same gloves worn when cleaning the bathroom must not be used when doing other surfaces like the conference or kitchen areas. The cleaner ends up touching all door knobs and staircase railings with wet toilet gloves…

If you haven’t, please watch the grizzly 2011 film “Contagion”, featuring Lawrence Fishburne, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and others. This is what the next epidemic could look like.

Ask your community leaders exactly how they plan to educate food handlers and monitor environmental sanitation. Send letters en-masse. Tweet at them! I assure you, this can bring about the changes we need.

There’s a lot of stuff that we could do. Please send me your suggestions. The last thing we need today is another deadly disease outbreak of some sort.

Do take care, folks.

I love you. Really.

-Okikiolu.

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