As the world struggles to curb pollution from its massive sewage overflows, the latest research suggests that our bodies are equipped to deal with the mess.
A study by researchers from the US and Germany shows that the most effective way to deal to sewage-contaminated surfaces is to wear latex gloves.
The study also suggests that cleaning and sanitizing your hands with a latex glove can prevent bacterial contamination.
According to a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, a study conducted by researchers at the University of Washington and Harvard University, using a latex hand sanitizer has the highest efficacy against bacteria.
“Using a hand sanitizer is a very effective means of reducing the bacteria-associated burden of infection associated with human waste, especially those that are contaminated with fecal matter,” said lead author, Dr. Stephanie L. Tannenbaum, in a statement.
“As a general rule, people who clean their hands and have a latex sanitizator are more likely to be protected against infections.”
Tannanenbaum and her colleagues used a study group of about 300 people in Seattle, Washington, to determine the efficacy of their hand sanitisers.
They then used a questionnaire to determine how well they had been able to clean their surfaces.
The questionnaire was then used to determine if there were any changes to their hands in response to using a sanitizers.
After they used the sanitizes for about six weeks, the team found that the subjects who had been using the hand sanizers had lower levels of fecal-coliform bacteria in their hands than those who had not.
The researchers concluded that the hand-sanitizers were effective at reducing the level of fecally-contaminant bacteria on the hands of the participants.
The next step is to see how the study participants were able to maintain a high level of hand hygiene after they had used the hand tools for six weeks.
The scientists plan to continue to use the hand tool in the future.
For now, though, it appears that these hand sanits are a good option for those who want to reduce their chances of getting sick from fecal contamination.
You can read the full study in Environmental Health Sciences here.
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