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Good hygiene not only keeps you looking healthy, but it actually benefits your immune system. In this age of the pandemic, we have all heard how good hygiene helps prevent the spread of diseases among other people around you.
Maintaining proper hygiene is the very first thing that you can do to prevent viruses and diseases from getting into your body in the first place. By being really diligent, you can protect your immune system.
Wash Your Hands
Arguably the most important part of daily hygiene is washing your hands. Your hands come into contact with so much, from food at the grocery store, to the handle at the gas pump, to the buttons you push to pay for anything.
We can pick up diseases from other people who have also touched those things. This, it’s important to wash and sanitize your hands after going around touching things.
Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face
Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face. I just had to say that upfront. But if you touch something that many other people have as well, wash your hands before you accidentally touch your face. Hands to the face are how the disease gets from your hand to your mouth or into your nose and lungs.
Soap ‘Em Up
When washing your hands, you need to be thorough. Many people do a cursory hand rinse with just water or use soap but just spread it around a little. This is not sufficient and will almost certainly leave bacteria and viruses on your hands.
You need to use plenty of soap and wash very thoroughly — at least 20 seconds of washing (not including rinsing). You also cannot substitute washing your hands with hand sanitizer, as that will not kill off everything. It’s also important that you sneeze and cough into the crease of your elbow.
Many people are taught this from a young age, and it’s not just for you to be polite. It helps keep any diseases that you might have from being spread everywhere, which could very easily infect other people.
It’s just gross when you cough or sneeze into the open air, as well. Keeping yourself generally clean helps prevent any infections from sprouting up.
Showering is Important too
If you’re not regularly showering but you could be, you need to do so. Not just for the sake of people around you, but to keep your skin free of excess bacteria. Showering also works to prevent any cuts, scratches, or scrapes from getting infected. Washing small wounds helps keep them healthy and allows them to recover naturally.
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