06 March 2017, 16:25
We are all taught from early childhood to properly handle a handkerchief. However, recent scientific research may make some adjustments to our behavior during a cold.
American scientists have found that the duration of a cold depends on the number of blowing noses. At the same time, if a cold person simply blots or wipes his nose, the disease will not last for a long time.
Charles Djerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona, is a recognized expert on the spread of microbes. A respected scientist believes that a handkerchief is the perfect germ carrier.
“During washing, microorganisms are transferred from one garment to another. Therefore, if you wash handkerchiefs along with other clothes, you can consider that you are blowing your nose not only on handkerchiefs, but on everything else, ”says the microbiologist.
The scientist advises during a runny nose to simply wipe your nose, and not blow your nose, otherwise the mucus with microbes enters the additional sinuses and causes inflammation. In addition, by simply wiping your nose, you will spread far fewer germs not only to yourself but also to those around you.
Dr. Djerba compares our nose during a runny nose to a gun loaded with germs. “Why do you keep firing it?” the microbiologist asks rhetorically.
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