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The importance of good personal hygiene

Adopting a better personal hygiene routine is one of the best ways to protect yourself from gastro or infectious diseases such as COVID-19, colds and flu. Moreover, when you maintain good personal hygiene, you stop spreading diseases to other people. Germs are passed on by touching other people, getting faeces on your hands, handling contaminated food, or coming into contact with dirty surfaces or objects.

 

Conditions that can occur as a result of poor personal hygiene are:

  • COVID-19 and other infectious diseases diarrhoea, especially gastroenteritis
  • Respiratory infections, including colds and flu 
  • Staph infections 
  • Worm-related conditions, such as threadworms 
  • scabies 
  • trachoma, an eye infection which can lead to blindness 
  • athlete’s foot 
  • tooth decay

Listed below are the types of personal hygiene you should be careful about:

 

Hand washing:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitisers
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces you touch often such as benchtops, desks and doorknobs
  • Disinfect objects like mobile phones, keys, wallets and work passes
  • Circulate fresh air by opening windows or changing air conditioning

 

Washing your body 

  1. Make a habit of bathing or showering each day. 
  2. Wash points of entry such as the armpits, genitals and anus. 
  3. Use soap, shower gel or a hypoallergenic body wash and plain water or salt water for sensitive body parts.

Washing your hands

 
  • Wash your for at least 20 seconds. Wet your hands and apply enough soap. Rub palms together.
  • Clean between the fingers and both the front and back of your hands under clear running water. 
  • Use a scrubbing brush to clean dirty nails with a scrubbing brush. 
  • Dry your hands with a clean towel using the same to turn off the tap. 
  • You can also use hand sanitiser. Rub it on your palms, backs of the hands and in between your fingers.

 

When to wash your hands 

Make sure you wash your hands after going to the toilet because faeces, which you might come into contact with, contains billions of germs.

Also, wash your hands:

  • Before and after eating or preparing food 
  • After a change of nappies 
  • Before and after touching a sick person or cleaning up vomit or body fluids 
  • After blowing your nose 
  • Before and after treating cuts or wounds 
  • After touching rubbish, dirty surfaces or objects 
  • After handling pets or farm animals 

Washing your genitals

Uncircumcised men can clean their penis by gently pulling back the foreskin and washing underneath it with warm water or soap while women can gently wash the delicate skin around the vulva with a soap-free wash, salt water or plain water. Perfumed soap and bath products are best avoided since these may irritate the sensitive skin of the vulva. During menstruation, it is important to wash the vulva as usual. Tampons need to be changed every 3 to 4 hours. To avoid toxic shock syndrome, never leave a tampon in for a long time, and never insert more than one tampon at a time. Sanitary pads need changing several times a day. Hands need to be washed before and after changing tampons or pads.

Preventing body odour

After washing, apply deodorant to your armpits so as not to stink. Clean, dry clothes have no substitutes, whatsoever. Wash sweaty or dirty garments well, hanging them outdoors to dry. If excessive sweating is a problem consult a doctor.

Handling food safely

Wash your hands before and after eating or preparing food to prevent contamination from bacteria and other germs.

Preventing bad breath

Poor oral hygiene can cause bad breath. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day, which will reduce the risk of gum disease and future tooth decay.

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FAQ

RECHARGEABLE ELECTRIC HIGH QUALITY INDOOR NONTOXIC INSECT KILLER

IS IT 240V

it just connects to usb outlets.

HOW DO YOU TURN IT ON?

Just plug into a USB port. No turn on/off button.

IS IT WATERPROOF? CAN I WASH OFF THE MOSQUITOS THAT ARE IN IT?

It is electric and plugged in, I wouldn’t wash it. Maybe wiped with the unit is unplugged

WILL IT ATTRACT FRUIT FLIES IN THE KITCHEN?

Yes, It caught all types of insects.

I DON’T SEE A SWITCH, HOW DO YOU TURN IT ON?

No switch, just plug the USB into the power block

it just connects to usb outlets.

Just plug into a USB port. No turn on/off button.

It is electric and plugged in, I wouldn’t wash it. Maybe wiped with the unit is unplugged

 

Yes, It caught all types of insects.

No switch, just plug the USB into the power block