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How To Keep Germs Away From Your Lips, Nose And Eyes

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You can ingest germs you pick up from the bed rails or items near your bed. You can protect yourself by taking the following steps:

  • Keep your hands away from your lips, nose and eyes  It takes practice, but is worth the effort.
  • Wash your hands before eating. Preferably use warm water and soap and wash for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water isn't available,  use commercial hand cleansers. They kill most germs.  
  • Do not place your food or utensils on any surface except your plate.
  • Ask friends or family to bring wipes containing bleach to clean the items around your bed, including the railings and whatever else you touch.
  • Don't use someone else's pillow.

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