Most people remember to lather up the important parts of their bodies: faces, nether regions, armpits -- but what about your belly button?
Remember how upset the Internet was last year when parents cracked open their kids’ sippee cups to find them riddled with mould? Well prepare for mould gate part two because turns out your baby’s favourite teething toy might not be quite so hygienic either.
Deputy chief medical officer, Dr Gina Radford, believes the majority of people aren’t spending long enough or washing their hands in the right way, which is putting them at risk of common infections. Worse still, this failure to carry out what she described as ‘basic hygiene’ is actually contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, which is serious stuff. Speaking at an International Longevity Centre debate in London and reported by Mail Online, Dr Radford said that the rise in antibiotic resistance wasn’t being helped by people not washing their hands properly.
Research by treadmillreviews found that that water bottle you’ve been lugging around in your hand bag for weeks is covered in nasties and drinking from it could be as unhygienic as licking your loo. Researchers studied water bottles that had been used by athletes over the course of a week. Some water bottles were found to be worse than others, with slide-top bottles being the most germ-ridden, straw-tops the cleanest and screw-tops somewhere in between.
Microbiologist Tasha Sturm took the print of her son’s hand after he’d been playing outside. The microbes show just how much bacteria we’re exposed to. The print was taken on an agar (a sterile petri dish filled with a substance used to grow bacteria) which was then incubated at body temperature for a day then left to sit out at room temperature. Sturm captured the photo after allowing the bacteria to grow for about a week.