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Sneezing transfers as many as 100,000 contagious germs in the air

On a daily basis, we are unknowingly exposed to thousands of germs. Some are present on objects while others in the air. All that is required for these germs is a medium to travel from one place to another. Let’s talk about sneezing for a while!

What is the first thing someone says when you sneeze? “Bless you.”

Well, there is no harm in saying that but there is an altogether different point to assert.

We take sneezing for granted. For certain, it is an automated response that we have no control over. At the same time, we are aware that our sneeze is full of a variety of germs. What is more important is with the speed these germs travel and infect the other person.

Sneezing “dangerous” than you thought

A group of scientists belonging to the University of Bristol got together to examine how “dangerous” sneezing can be for any external party involved. They wanted to investigate a) the speed of a sneeze and subsequently b) the number of germs present.

For the purpose of the research, they used a device to detect the presence of harmful microorganisms.

The results were shocking yet should ring a bell for most readers. It was revealed that sneeze like any other possible object is not free from germs. On average, a sneeze would transfer as many as 100,000 contagious germs into the air. This transmission happening at a speed of about 100 miles per hour. Take it this way, your sneeze travels almost at the same speed of a racing car travelling on a highway.

Apart from that, researchers found that these germs could potentially cause a list of serious illnesses within a person. Some of them identified were as follows.

  1. Influenza
  2. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
  3. Adenovirus (linked with common cold)

There are a variety of other illnesses known yet more research is needed before any addition to the list.

These conditions are contagious, meaning by they can spread from one person to the other. As a result, what is required is a necessary precautionary measure to be undertaken.

Scientists, firstly warn the individuals about the time when the germs are most likely to exhibit their effects. That happens usually seconds after the person has sneezed. In addition to that, the germs particles may remain suspended on the surface for a very long time. It is likely that you may pick them up in case of any contact.

Taking necessary measures

While the above situation sounds unfortunate, there are, nevertheless, precautionary measures that you can well undertake.

  • In the first case scenario, try wearing a mask if you are infected with any contagious illness. That is for the benefit of others around you by preventing any transmission of germs.
  • Always carry a hand sanitizer with yourself. Particularly if you happen to visit a sick (perhaps in a hospital), it is recommended that you have a disinfectant with you at all times. The surfaces are prone to germs and you can possibly infect yourself if you make any possible contact.
  • Changing your clothes. Whenever you come back from a crowded public place, change your clothes. This may surprise you but there are thousands of germs particles residing on the surface of your T-Shirt.

Samuel Mayer

Samuel has been part of Top Health Journal for quite a while now. He has immense interest in medicine and thoroughly enjoys writing about this theme. His philosophy is: write simple and short, always assuming your reader to be a layman who knows nothing about the topic!

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