Flying may still be the safest way to travel, but have you ever considered the impact it could have on your health? According to BioCote Ltd., "You might be carrying something off the plane – other than your carry-on. Something you certainly didn’t want or expect after your business trip or family vacation."
For example did you know, "A single sneeze emanating from the middle of an airplane can spread particles over the entire cabin. The people seated next to and behind the sneezer are most at risk of any potential infection," reports ONE News in a recent article.
Separate studies from around the world show that after visiting the washroom only 70% of people wash their hands, with only 30% of people actually using soap; the remaining 40% use water alone. The sad reality is, people do not wash their hands frequently or adequately enough. In fact, the average person washes their hands for only around 10 seconds which at best will remove about 90% of germs. The problem is the remaining bacteria will grow and can double in number in less than 20 minutes and in 80 minutes can be back to the number prior to washing.
It is recommended that hands are rubbed for at least 20 seconds; if a timer is required, it has been suggested the "Happy Birthday" song can be hummed from beginning to end twice! Once rubbing has been completed, hands need to rinsed well under running water and dried using a clean towel.
Learn more about better hand washing technique and how it can help prevent the spread of germs and the flu.