Two of these items 1) droplets can travel up to 50 miles an hour and 2) they can travel up to 26 feet really grabbed my attention. But this little infographic is loaded with other information.
It also emphasizes the importance of washing your hands, and I don’t mean running water over them for a few seconds as you dry them on your shirt. I mean PURPOSELY taking the bar of soap or pumping liquid soap and washing all surfaces of your hands for a good 20 seconds, rinsing under the faucet from your wrists to your fingertips, and then drying with a paper towel. If a paper towel isn’t available, dry them in a towel, replacing the towel every day when possible.
If washing with soap and water, hand sanitizer (like Purell) is the next best thing; BUT you should wash with soap and water as soon as possible. You ought to wash your hands before each meal, after you use the washroom and after you contact a surface that could be contaminated.
Germs are pesky little critters and this infomercial says a lot: