The transfer of diseases is quite common and it happens every day, anywhere, without you knowing. These diseases are called communicable diseases. The illnesses are passed from one person to another either directly or indirectly.
A communicable disease is an infectious disease that spreads from one person to another through virus or bacteria, the agents of diseases. Here are some of the common communicable diseases, highly contagious but treatable through simple hand washing.
• Common cold
• Measles and Mumps
• Chicken Pox and Shingles
• Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease
As a parent, I am very wary about these diseases so I seldom bring my kids in crowded places and when I do, I ensure that they wash their hands frequently or at least I sanitize them using handy hand sanitizers. I applaud companies who value cleanliness. There are very few, I know. If only most establishments put high value on cleanliness, then these diseases can be prevented well.
Facts About Germs and Handwashing
High-touch areas of public restrooms can contain more than 1,000 colony-forming units per milliliter of infection-causing bacteria.
Lennox Archibald, MD, PhD, (November 2011). Public restrooms contained too many bacteria to count. Healio Infectious Disease News. Retrieved from http://www.healio.com/infectious-disease/news/print/infectious-disease-news/%7Baf5f11af-25dc-49a9-8d85-4d3a83b8a86e%7D/public-restrooms-contained-too-many-bacteria-to-count
A new study by Michigan State University researchers found that only 5 percent of people who used the bathroom washed their hands long enough to kill the germs that can cause infections. Also, 33 percent didn’t use soap and 10 percent didn’t wash their hands at all.
Carl Borchgrevink Andy Henion(June 10, 2013). Ewww! Only 5 Percent Wash Hands Correclty. Michigan State University Today). Retrieved from http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2013/eww-only-5-percent-wash-hands-correctly/#sthash.dVw0Zw5P.dpuf
It is recommended that everyone should wash his/her hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds in order to kill most of the germs.
(Dec 11, 2013) Wash Your Hands. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from.
It is important to instill the habit of hand-washing among kids so that they can learn proper hygiene from an early age. This will also ensure parents that their children are capable of protecting themselves from germs when in school, or in other places where they may not have their parents around to guide them.
This is why I appreciate Safeguard’s initiative in keeping this country clean and free from diseases which proves their dedication on this advocacy. Fourth Quarter of 2013, Safeguard launched the Safeguard Germ Alarm during the Global Handwashing Day.
The Safeguard Germ Alarm is a loud, attention-grabbing alarm and soap dispenser made especially by Safeguard to address the issue of germs in public restrooms. It’s alarm goes off once a person leaves a toilet cubicle and turns off only when the soap dispenser is pressed.
Alarms were initially installed in McDonald’s branches around Metro Manila, schools and offices. It alerted more than 10,000 people to wash their hands after using public toilets.
The Safeguard Germ Alarm will soon be installed in more public restrooms around the country so that more Filipinos could make proper hand-washing a habit.
Now if only we can install the Safeguard Germ Alarm at home, that will surely give me an assurance that everyone in the family is 100% clean 24/7.
SAFEGUARD IS AN ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP. It is P&G’s largest Global Personal Care brand. First launched as a bar soap in the USA in 1963, it is currently sold in more than 15 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America with leadership market share in China and the Philippines. P&G, through its brand Safeguard, co-founded the Global Handwashing Day (GHD) in collaboration with the Global Public Private Partnership for Handwashing.
Safeguard is proven to kill 99.9% of germs IN THE BODY that cause illnesses such as diarrhea, cough, colds, and pneumonia.
Safeguard is committed to protecting every family from germs that cause illness. Through innovative education programs, partnerships with respected local health organizations, and support for Global Handwashing Day, we’re fulfilling our mission to promote life-saving hygiene habits around the world.
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