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Almost Daily.....Daily Dose 1/9/14

by Racer X Virtual Trainer

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Have you touched an electronic screen recently? Wash your hands to prevent the spread of germs and stay healthy!

You knew that communal keyboards were germy — well, that iPad in your doctor’s office or grandchild’s classroom may be just as bad. Researchers have found that shared computer keyboards (such as an airport check-in kiosk), ATM machines, and other public touch screens are all pretty icky when it comes to germs (think methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, aka MRSA). Companies are at work developing antimicrobial touch screens to help minimize this problem, and you can always wipe things down with rubbing alcohol to kill bacteria, but this is a reminder that there’s no substitute for regular, thorough hand washing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend washing hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds at these times to prevent the spread of illness:

  • Before, during and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After touching animals, animal feed or animal waste
  • After touching garbage

And we’d add to that list: After using a communal keyboard or touch screen.

Keeping a small bottle of hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) in your pocket for personal use is a great way to be ready for anything and fend off illness at the same time.

That's it for now, until next time, good luck with your training and remember, if you have a question, log on to the Virtual Trainer Expert Forum and have your question answered by a panel of experts. In addition, be sure and check out the Racer X Virtual Trainer archive section. Your complete one-stop information zone for motocross fitness. VT Signature

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