It’s the season for Christmas and New Year parties and friends, family and work colleagues will be arranging events to celebrate. It’s good to catch up with old friends and make new ones, but wherever there’s a gathering, it’s a known fact that germs will be uninvited guests, particularly at this time of the year. We’ve put together five top tips to help you emerge from Christmas parties unscathed.
- Avoid food from a shared bowl
Those crisps and nuts look very tempting when they’re handed round, but with a recent study finding that a staggering 62% of men and 40% of women don’t wash their hands after visiting the loo, the chances are high that there are plenty of germs hiding in there from previous nibblers. It’s probably best to avoid the dips too – you never know whether people have been committing the cardinal sin of double-dipping.
- Make sure your fridge is at the optimum temperature
If you’re hosting a party, you need to make sure your food isn’t going to give your guests something more than an enjoyable meal. Fridges should be kept between 0°C and 5°C, and food which has been stored in a fridge at a higher temperature than this, particularly meat, could be harbouring germs. Ensure your fridge is cold enough before the turkey and ham are put in, as harmful pathogens multiply regularly in warmer temperatures. Give it a regular clean as well!
- Coughs and sneezes spread diseases
If you’re off to a party and you feel a cold coming on, do everything you can to avoid passing it on, as germs from one sneeze can travel between 19 and 26 feet. If you have to sneeze, sneeze into your elbow; if you use your hand and then shake hands when meeting new people, the chances are you’ll be spreading more than seasonal good cheer. Whether you have a cold or not, thoroughly wash your hands before you eat if you’ve shaken hands with anyone.
- It’s good to share – or is it?
Sometimes it’s tempting to share – a quick sip out of a neighbour’s glass if you can’t be bothered to fight your way to the bar, a spoonful of someone’s delicious-looking pudding, or even a quick swipe of lipstick from a friend if you’ve left yours at home by mistake. Sharing is usually to be encouraged, but not at Christmas parties where germs are rife – keep your food, drink and cosmetics to yourself!
- Out for dinner
If you’re off to your company Christmas meal at a restaurant, there are any number of surfaces which will inevitably be contaminated with germs; the door handles when you arrive, the chairs you pull out, the menus, the card payment machine – just think of all the places people’s hands have been. Be aware of what you’ve touched and ensure your hands are clean before you dip into the bread basket.
Obviously it’s not practical to keep rushing off to wash your hands when you’re at parties, so how can you avoid germs and still enjoy yourself?
NatraSan’s Travel Buddy is a handbag-sized antiseptic spray which you can use when you’re out and about over the Christmas season. Containing pure Hypochlorous Acid, the human body’s own highly effective natural antiseptic, it kills 99.9999% of harmful bacteria and viruses in seconds. It’s completely safe to use on small children and babies, even around the eyes or mouth, as it contains no alcohol, preservatives or fragrances. A quick spritz will ensure your hands are germ-free and make sure you’re ready to party.
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