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We must all take personal hygiene seriously in order to prevent spreading illness and to maintain good health; here are some fascinating facts for you to consider...

  • The human body has no fewer than 1,000 different species of bacteria!  There are more germs on our bodies than people in the United Kingdom... although a few less after washing hands!
  • 90% of germs on hands are found under the nails
  • It is true to say that expose to some germs DOES help build up our immune systems and in the long run lead healthier lives
  • 80% of illnesses are spread through touch
  • When you shake hands you spread more germs than kissing!
  • Under three's will be ill around eight times a year on average
  • You cannot stop a sneeze as it's an automatic response
  • You can fit around 1,000 germs on the head of a pin
  • Hands that have been dried spread less germs than those that stay wet
  • The longest sneezing fit went on for nearly 1,000 days before she eventually stopped
  • Most people think sneezing into their hands is adequate rather than using a tissue
  • An average sneeze travels at around 80 miles per hour!  The fastest ever recorded was over 100 miles per hour!
  • In Omaha, Nebraska it is illegal to sneeze in church!


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