Sick grandkids all in same house.
I was told that having your home too warm may harbor germs. Has anyone ever been told that?
- 12 Feb 2011 by ralady
- 15 February 2011
Any warm enviroment no matter where you are is going to have germs of some type... but the human body over time since birth works up immunities to these types of things and your body naturally wants to be in a compfortable state... Just your average cleaning and the use of lysol, or the more natural antibacterial wipes for your kitchen bathroom etc, for all hard surfaces should be sufficient... At a time like this in our nation you can't help but want a warm dwelling unless you live in my home stat Florida... I now live in Iowa
You may have noticed that doctors' offices are always cold. The colder air keeps the motion of "germs" decreased. The cooler air is less hospitable to the germs. That being said, if someone is sick, keeping them warm is important so that there body can use its energy to get better not on staying warm. Make any sense?
They are right, a warm and moist environment is what germs like. That is why the bathroom is a harborer of bacteria. Actually the BEST way to prevent illness is to wash hands, wash hands, wash hands! Normal cleaning of a household is usually sufficient to keep most germs at bay. Make sure to be vigilant about areas where hands come into frequent contact. Doorknobs, counter surfaces, faucets, and toilet knobs. Children should wash their hands when they come home from school and teach them to ALWAYS wash their hands before they eat anything, after they go to the bathroom etc. It really is the best defense against disease. Teach them good washing habits. They should use soap (liquid in a bottle is better than a bar but either will do-it doesnt necessarily need to be antibacterial either) and warm water, they should use plenty of friction by rubbing their hands together for at least 30 seconds to one minute.
I've heard teaching them to wash as long as it takes to sing the 'Happy Birthday Song' is a good way to teach kids. I shudder when I use a public restroom and I see people going to the sink and barely rinsing the tips of their fingers in water-we have ALL seen it! I think "Why do you bother! You might as well not wash at all for all the good you did there!" You have to really wash well and dry on a clean dry towel for hands to be clean and germ free. One of the best lessons I learned was about hand washing. In microbiology, we did an experiment where a person put their first finger print in a petri dish, the first time was without washing, the second print was after a water rinse, the third was a light wash, the fourth was after a one minute scrub. That first petri was NASTY to see what grows on ones hands, the second water rinsed one was just as bad. the one minute scrub had barely anything growing. It was a powerful lesson I've never forgotten!
It is true. We keep the temperature cool at the hospital I work at for that reason and because cooler temperatures help keep psychotic patients from getting "wound up"... climate can ease or raise one's emotional state as well as germ levels.
this was something my grandma use to do, she use to come from the south and spend winters with us in Indiana when she thought things were too dry she used coffe cans she had cleaned out and filled them with water and set on the register in every room, I wasn't as stuffy, much easier to breath and it really did seem moister, this day and time it would be a humidifier. but I think anyplace that is too warm does harbor germs, and yes I've heard that, just like you hear about the hospitals keeping it so cold in surgery area's, I don't think I've been much help but hope this gives you some ideas, have a good day,
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