Grocery Shopping, Clean Hands and Infection Risk
We all know we shouldn’t touch our faces with dirty hands. But you may not know that on average people touch their faces 16 times an hour. Over 250 times a day. Yikes!
So you go to the supermarket, park your car, get a sanitised trolley (if you’re lucky) and rub your hands with hand gel before you touch anything. Well done.
You start filling your trolley with goods. What you don’t know is that 30 seconds before you picked up that chicken pie someone else did, changed their mind, and put it back on the shelf. Infection Risk
You finish shopping and put all your goods on the conveyor belt. The cashier touches every single product as she scans them. Infection Risk.
You touch the payment device and accept the proferred receipt. Infection Risk.
You go to your car and touch the boot handle to open it, and put your bags in the boot, and then touch the driver door handle. Infection Risk x 2.
Now you’re in the car you rub your hands with hand gel again. Great stuff.
You get home, grab the shopping bags close the car door and the boot, touching both handles. Re-infection Risk x 2.
You then touch your front door. Infection Risk.
You unpack your bags onto the kitchen counter top. Infection Risk
You put your stuff in the fridge and cupboards. You touch the fridge & cupboard doors. Infection Risk x 2
Having unpacked your bags you wash your hands again. Well remembered.
You then open the fridge touching the handle to get some milk for a cup of tea. Ooops. Re-infection Risk.
You touch the kitchen counter top that you haven't cleaned. Infection Risk.
Your partner comes home and touches the front door that you infected...then touches the kitchen tap to wash their hands. Infection Risk.
Having washed their hands they turn off the tap re-infecting themselves, and then grab the TV remote.
And so it goes on...
Not so easy this keeping your hands clean business, is it?
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