Update March 9. 2020
Study Shows Most People Are Spreading Dangerous Bacteria Around the Kitchen (and everywhere else) and Don’t Even Realize It
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Handwashing: the study revealed that consumers are not washing their hands correctly 97 percent of the time.
- Most consumers failed to wash their hands for the necessary 20 seconds, and
- Numerous participants did not dry their hands with a clean towel.
- Thermometer use: results reveal that only 34 percent of participants used a food thermometer to check that their burgers were cooked properly.
- Of those who did use the food thermometer, nearly half still did not cook the burgers to the safe minimum internal temperature.
- Cross contamination: the study showed participants spreading bacteria from raw poultry onto other surfaces and food items in the test kitchen.
- 48 percent of the time are contaminating spice containers used while preparing burgers,
- 11 percent of the time are spreading bacteria to refrigerator handles, and
- 5 percent of the time are tainting salads due to cross-contamination.
- Beef, pork, lamb and veal (steaks, roasts and chops): 145°F.
- Ground meats (burgers): 160°F.
- Poultry (whole or ground): 165°F.
Every year millions of people get sick with the Flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov) recommends to get vaccinated to prevent the seasonal illness, that, and also to properly wash your hands. Regular hand washing is one of the best ways to protect you against germs, diseases and prevent the spread of germs and illness to others.
Proper hand washing involves five simple steps:
1. Wet – 6 seconds
2. Lather – 6 seconds
3. Scrub – 6 seconds
4. Rinse – 6 seconds
5. Dry – 6 seconds
Washing your hands with water and soap is always the best; however you can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer which does not require water. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Hand sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy. The simple friction that occurs when you rub skin against skin, along with warm water and soap, followed by thorough rinsing, and drying, gets rid of the potentially harmful bacteria.
According to an article published by WEBMD, almost 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. The CDC estimates that up to 49,000 people die from the flu or flu-like illness each year, and another 5,000 people die from food borne illness each year. And the best protection from this type of illness is frequent hand washing. We all know we should wash our hands, right? In 2013, researchers at Michigan University conducted and undercover study to see how many people actually washed their hands when using a public bathroom. The results concluded that only 7% of women and 15% of men skipped washing their hands all together. And surprisingly, 95% of people didn’t wash their hands properly, Which can be as bad as skipping washing hands. Gross! if you ask me. Washing hands is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. (blog.goodguide.com)
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
|Source: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation http://dec.alaska.gov|