Learning the Etiquette of Hygiene

Etiquette does not only exist for table manner or the way you greet people. A code of behavior also applies when we’re talking about hygiene. Many diseases can be passed from person to person due to these mundane behaviors, without we even realizing the consequences. It can be passed through tiny droplets of bodily fluids from the mouth or nose when a sick person coughs, sneezes or even when talking animatedly.  Common diseases that are easily transmitted, just to name a few, include influenza, cold, pneumonia, cough, measles and chicken pox.

With simple, considerate actions and basic good health manner, by practicing hygiene etiquette, you can help preventing the spread of diseases. These are what you can do to help:

  1. Always wash your hands with soap and water before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Avoid shaking hands before you have the chance to wash your hands. If you don’t have access to soap and water,  alcohol-based hand sanitizers  come in handy, so bring one in your bag.
  2. When you sneeze, cough or blow your nose, don’t forget to cover your nose and mouth with tissue or handkerchief. If you don’t have any around, cover them with your hands or cough into your sleeve. If someone  kindly offers you tissue, don’t be offended! They’re just trying to help out.
  3. Since women (usually) don’t spit (at least not in public), remind those around you not to spit to the open air, such as on the curb. Watch where we are throwing that chewed gum. Always discard it to the trash bin. Ideally , you would wrap it with small piece of paper before discarding, so it won’t stick to the walls of the can.
  4. In your household, it’s a good idea to line your trash bin with trash bag or other plastic bag.  Wash handkerchief separately from other clothing.
  5. We love double-dipping, don’t we? Double-dipping is a hygiene disaster! Don’t insert used utensils to food containers (especially when that fork just came out from your mouth!). Try to avoid sharing  food and beverage.
  6. As much as you can, stay at home when you are sick. If you are around sick people, subtly try to maintain a safe distance of one meter away. Do the same when you are sick. Tell people you don’t want to infect them and thus you will stay away until you get better.
  7. Don’t share makeup that could pick up bodily fluid, such as mascara or lipstick. Wash your brushes frequently and use brush cleaner when you absolutely have to share makeup brushes.

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