Encouraging doctors and nurses to wash their hands frequently has always been considered an effective way to curb the spread of infection in hospitals and other health facilities.
But a research letter published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine points to another key group of people who aren’t always keeping their hands so clean and probably should: patients.
Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it when you leave the office, get off the elevator, leave the building and one last time when you’re safely in your car. You are touching thousands of sick people each step of the way.
If you don’t have to touch things in a hospital or doctors office, don’t. Magazines are probably the worst things to handle – your phone or tablet is a safer option.
To a certain extent you need exposure to everyday germs to stay healthy, but not at that level.