Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Germs live everywhere. You can find germs in the air, on food, plants and animals, in the water, on just about every surface, and on your own body. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about germs in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Germs are everywhere: light switches, door knobs, remote controls, grocery carts, money anything we touch can have germs.

Germs dont usually bother us when they are on the outside of our bodies; its when they get inside us that we can get sick. How do we keep them away? The most effective way is by washing our hands.

We use our hands to touch everythingeven our eyes, nose, mouth and ears. If germs are on our hands when we touch our eyes or put our fingers in our mouths, we could get sick. Washing our hands before we eat or rub our faces can help stop the spread of germs that could make us sick.

Use warm water and soap, but most importantly, scrub your hands, wrists and fingers for 20 seconds. It takes about 20 seconds to sing Happy Birthday twice. So sing and scrub. Teach children especially to scrub their hands before they eat. It is one of the healthiest habits they can learn.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.