- February 2014
- Posted By JohnnyG
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Many infectious diseases continue to exist because they are passed from one person to another. Since humans are social creatures, you naturally interact with other people on a daily basis. Every time you use a public restroom, turn a doorknob or sit across the dinner table from a colleague, you put yourself at risk of infection for thousands of infectious diseases.
The most obvious way for disease to spread is through the air. When you hear someone sneezing at work, you can rest assured that they are throwing small droplets of infection into the air. If you breathe in one of those droplets, you may find yourself sneezing in a day or two. Flus and common colds are easily spread through the air in this manner, but there are other respiratory illnesses that spread in this manner as well.
The small droplets of infection coming out of a sick person’s mouth or nose can also land on doorknobs, desks and other surfaces. If you touch those surfaces, you can pick up those germs and transfer them to your own nose or mouth. This explains why so many children get sick from sharing toys and pencils at daycare and school.
Infection through Blood and Urine
Human blood and urine can also carry germs that lead to infectious disease. The person spreading the disease doesn’t even need to have active symptoms. They may be carriers of a disease that does not manifest symptoms in their body. That means they may not even know that they are passing germs to others.
The AIDS virus and hepatitis are examples of diseases that are commonly spread through contact with human blood. CMV can spread through urine droplets that an infected person has on their hands. This is why it is so important to avoid shaking hands when possible and to wash your hands frequently. Keeping an antibacterial gel on hand will help as well.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Many diseases are spread through sexual contact. That includes vaginal, penile and oral contact. For instance, there are two types of herpes. One is spread through oral contact such as kissing, and the other is spread through genital contact. There is no medical cure for herpes, but there are some natural remedies that have helped many sufferers get rid of symptoms of the disease.
Other sexually transmitted diseases are only spread through genital contact. These diseases can spread through sperm and vaginal discharge, so you may not need to have sex with someone to potentially spread the disease. Different sexual diseases spread in different ways, so it is important to ask your sexual partners about any diseases they may have and how those diseases are spread.
It is rare to catch a sexually transmitted disease through contact with a public toilet seat, but it can happen. Droplets of urine on a toilet seat may also lead to the spread of different infectious diseases. This is why it is important to limit contact with public toilet seats if at all possible. Many public bathrooms now contain paper toilet seat covers to help protect users from the spread of infectious disease.
How to Protect Your Body
The best way to protect your body from contracting an infectious disease is to limit direct contact with other people. Even your close friends may have diseases that they have not told you about or that they do not realize they have. You can remain friendly and social without getting too close to other people’s faces or touching their hands or faces.
When physical contact is necessary, make sure to wash your hands with hot water and soap immediately after the encounter. You can use hand sanitizer for situations that do not allow you to rush off to the bathroom. Make sure to wash up after you touch doorknobs and public surfaces as well.