Check Your Health
KUTV.com | Stories - Germs Spread Quicker Than You Might Think
Tuesday, June 18 2013, 07:59 AM MDT
Germs Spread Quicker Than You Might Think
(KUTV) A severe outbreak of the flu is spreading hard and fast across the country.

You may be surprised at where the germs are catching you and just how easy you can get sick.

We touch so many things without even realizing it.

Take a simple trip on the train, buying a ticket, you’re already spreading germs.

The flu virus can spread to others up to 6 feet away, according to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention—and flu germs can remain suspended in the air.

The top three ways to catch the flu:

1. Being near someone who is sick who sneezes, coughs or talks, spreading the infected droplets.

2. Drinking from the same cup or sharing a utensil.

3. Touching a germ-infested surface and then touching your eyes or mouth.

You can pass the virus to someone before you even know you’re sick. A person can be contagious with the flu for up to a day prior to developing symptoms.

To see how easy it is to spread germs, just watch what happens when Glo Germ is sprayed onto an everyday object and a black light is held over it.

Using cleaning products to keep surfaces germ free can minimize the chances of spreading the flu—and it’s important to wash hands thoroughly.

Jessica Benton with Calico Industries,  a company that distributes Glo Germ as a way to teach proper hygiene, said, “Some people sing the A-B-Cs or happy birthday two times, but at least 20 seconds of vigorous washing. I do know when people do wash their hands they may not go in between their fingers, get underneath their fingers. So there's a lot of germs that you can’t - obviously you can't see germs but they do get stuck behind when you don't wash your hands properly."

Doctors say germs can live on surfaces 2-8 hours, but there have been reports of up to 48 hours.

(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
Germs Spread Quicker Than You Might Think

Community Photos & Videos - Submit Your Photos Here


More ✔ Your Health Stories

Ride, Cancer Awareness Unites a Community
Keep Kids Safe This Holiday Weekend
"Urgent" Need for Blood Donations
Nationwide Fruit Recall
West Nile Virus Activity Detected in Utah
Experts: Now is the time to work on joint health
The therapeutic benefits of horses
IT Band Friction Syndrome
How Not to be Miserable While Being Active
Walking Further Could Win You a Free Gift Card
Health Hub app
Staying Hydrated in Summer Heat
Expect More Questions From Your Doctor
Check Your Health at the 2News Health Expo
Building Strength With the "Build Me Up" Program
Getting Your Life Back with Knee Replacement Surgery
New technology reduces radiation exposure
Fighting ADHD among women
Safe Hiking While in Southern Utah
Camp for Kids of All Abilities
Importance of sunscreen protection
Can Watching TV Lead to Premature Death?
Concussions and the Impact of New Laws
The Puuurrrfect Volunteer Opportunity
Program Gives Young Athletes a Competitive Edge
Physical therapy for joint replacement
Food Safety in the Summer Heat
ATV Safety Education and Information
Yes! There is Such a Thing as Exercising Too Much
Advocate Accepts Living with Bipolar Disorder
Staying Cool During the Summer Months
Surgery Can Help You Get Back On The Playing Field
Drowning Hazards in Utah
Staying Cool When It Is Hot Outside
New Report Suggests Many Kids are Physically Unfit
Healthy Hikes
Experts Remind Everyone to Share the Trails
Women's Preventative Care
Pancreatic Cancer on the Rise
Diet Change after Cancer Fight
Burning Calories with Bows and Arrows
Complacency or Plateau?
Cancer Survivor Changes Diet
Exercising Outside
Exercising Your Pets
Young Mom Diagnosed with Rare Genetic Disorder
Signs of Skin Cancer
Keeping Hair with Cold Cap Therapy
FDA Approves New Pill for Grass Allergies
Doctors Help Women Move on After Mastectomy
New Report on Diabetes Complications
New Regulations for Electronic Cigarettes Proposed
Possible Health Risk Associated With Marijuana Use
Target Radiation for Cancer
You Can Start Growing Outdoors
Canine Recreation Center Opens In SLC
Wear Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyes
Start Your Garden Indoors
Brother Gives Gift of Life
Fitness Craze at the "Barre"
Advertise with us!

 

Pay It Forward
Fresh Living
Family Matters
Road Trippin
Hooked On Utah

Advertise with us!