Lifebuoy Explains Why Large Gatherings can pose a Health Risk
Getting together in large crowds, whether it’s to enjoy an event with family and friends or to partake in a social gathering, can be a joyous occasion. However, it is these large crowds that also come with a serious health risk in terms of the spread of disease and infection.
Crowded places have a higher risk of infection, particularly those related to coughs, colds, flu and diarrhoeal infections. By understanding how infectious everyday diseases spread, you will help to protect you and your family from getting sick and also help to decrease the probability that you could spread infections to others around you.
This is especially relevant while traveling or gathering in large crowds such as religious assemblies, sports events, concerts, political rallies or social life.
Lifebuoy, the antibacterial soap manufacturer, keeps you updated regarding high risk periods throughout the year. The following tips will empower you to enjoy the occasion while still taking steps to protect your health and the health of others.
- When gathering with friends and family, be aware that the multitude of greeting handshakes, hugs and kisses provide the perfect opportunity for germs to spread.
- Religious and social occasions often centre on meals and eating out. While most moms will blame the overabundance of foods eaten for their child’s stomach complaints, they should be aware that upset tummies can also be caused by dirty hands and nasty bacteria making their way into the child’s system.
- Developing a healthy handwashing routine is an essential tool in combating the spread of everyday infections.
- Ensure that you use disinfectant soap and running water and really lather the soap so as to get all of the necessary germ protection required. Wash hands for at least 30 seconds, especially at key occasions such as after using the toilet or before and after handling food.
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue to prevent the spread of germs.
- Don’t forget to carry health and hygiene items such as tissues, anti-bacterial (waterless) gel, liquid soap, disinfectant cleaning solution, trash bags.
When travelling, keep in mind that you could also be introduced to different strains of germs and, therefore, need to take extra care in order to ensure that you and your family don’t succumb to everyday infections, most of which could completely ruin the occasion as a result.
For more tips from Lifebuoy on health and hygiene, read our articles.