Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Handshake is more infectious than a Kiss

Like they say, KISS (keep it short and sweet). Did you know that when it comes to getting or passing on an infection, it could be more harmful to shake someone's hand than to share a kiss?

A recent report sends this friendly warning: You're at far greater risk of passing on an infection by shaking somebody's hand than by sharing a kiss. The same report notes that a regular hand washing may be your best bet against the spread of respiratory viruses such as influenza and SARS. It could be more effective than any drug.

Germs that cause stomach infection such as salmonella, campylobacter, and norovirus can circulate directly from person to person via your hands. Stomach germs can also passed on if you put your fingers in your mouth or forget to wash your hands before preparing a food. Breaking the chain of infection depends on how well you wash your hands.
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