How often have you returned from your holiday with a healthy glow, a phone full of photos – and a nasty bug? Unfortunately, you’re a hundred per cent more likely to catch a cold on an aeroplane than you are in everyday life.
Add to this the fact that any germs you come into contact with on holiday are likely to be ones which your immune system hasn’t encountered before, and you have a recipe for a return home with more than some souvenirs and a tan.
Microbiologists have tested planes and found that germs are rife, and can survive for hours or even days after the person who boarded with them has departed. Studies have shown MRSA and E.Coli can live on a plane for up to a week, and the worst places for contamination are the tray table, overhead air vents, toilet flush buttons and seat belt buckles.
A recent study has shown tray tables, in particular, posed the highest potential risk of respiratory viral contamination, and airport security trays, which are not routinely disinfected, are another hotbed of germs. When you arrive at your destination, hotel rooms are not always as clean as you might expect. A brief whisk through by a time-pressed cleaner is often not enough to kill germs which the previous guest may have left behind. Then there’s the hotel swimming pool, with the possibility of fungal infections and insufficiently chlorinated water.
With these potential hazards, it’s enough to make you decide to spend the summer safely in your garden, but don’t be deterred from booking a well-deserved holiday! Here are some tips to help you and your family keep healthy and happy over the summer:
- Be rigorous about keeping your hands clean, especially after using public toilets
- Disinfect your aeroplane tray table before eating
- Use insect repellent and cover up in the evenings if mosquitoes are around
- Wear flip-flops in communal pool areas
- Avoid ice in drinks unless you know it’s been made from bottled water
- Be wary of an open buffet where food has been out for a while
- Wash hands immediately before eating
- Keep hydrated
Sometimes it’s not possible to keep hands as clean as you know they should be. You’re out and about, the restaurant cloakroom clearly hasn’t been inspected for a while, or your child is insisting on playing on the floor of the departure lounge! This when you need a reliable, effective standby to keep hands germ-free. NatraSan Antiseptic Spray is effective against bacteria, viruses, yeasts, fungus, moulds and spores, and NatraSan Travel Buddy comes in a handy 100 ml size so you can slip it into your rucksack or handbag when you’re on the move. It kills 99.9999% of harmful micro-organisms in seconds, considerably faster than alcohol-based sanitisers.
Containing pure hypochlorous acid, the body’s own natural antiseptic, it is completely safe to humans, animals and the environment, can be sprayed on hard and soft surfaces, and is even safe around the eyes and mouth, so ideal for keeping children and adults germ-free.
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