How Germs Spread

There is a reason why germs are invisible to the naked eye. If we could see the germs, especially on our hands, nobody would ever leave their house again. Our hands do a lot. They answer your phone, they blow your nose, and they shake a lot of other hands, spreading germs like wildfire in the process.

 While scrolling through my phone today, I came across the video “How to see Germs Spread Experiment” by Mark Rober. In a third grade classroom, Mark visually replicates the spread of germs by using “Glo Germ,” an invisible powder that can only be detected under a blacklight. The teacher and one random student are “infected” with the powder on their hands and they are left to go about their normal day. The results are eye-opening (and gross!). The glowing “germs” were found on the other children’s hands, desks, and faces. To think, the entire classroom was infected in just a few hours because of a couple of germy hands. 

Mark states that “on average, we touch our face 16x per hour, which is why washing hands is so important.” Both soap and water and hand sanitizer have their own merits when it comes to hand hygiene. According to the CDC, “soap and water work to remove all types of germs from hands, while sanitizer acts by killing certain germs on the skin” (CDC). However, a sink to wash your hands in may not always be accessible. Hand sanitizer, on the other hand, can be used anywhere. You can carry a bottle of sanitizer in your purse, keep a bottle on your desk, or use a stationary public sanitizer dispenser.

No hand sanitizer dispenser is as convenient and effective as Gateway Stations, however. These high capacity sanitizer dispensers are designed for any type of environment or industry. They can be placed indoors or outdoors, both permanently and/or temporarily, and they have multiple adaptable power source options to suit your needs. In order to keep your hands even cleaner and to prevent the spread of germs, Gateway Stations are designed for a “hands-free” sanitizer experience. The Solar, AC, and Battery units are automatic, while the manual model avoids hand pumps by smartly integrating a foot pedal. Gateway Stations sees a problem, and they fix it!

Choosing the product with which you clean your hands is important, but also keep in mind when and where you sanitize. According to the CDC, “cleaning hands at key times with soap and water, or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to those around you.” Don’t bring germs inside with you, sanitize your hands before you enter the building to see grandma! Gateway Stations were designed to sanitize your hands before,after, or during your work day for your convenience.

It is clear from the “Glo germ” experiment that hands are the number one culprit in the spread of germs. Hand hygiene is as important as ever and there is not a more convenient way to clean your hands than by using hand sanitizer. Gateway Stations high capacity sanitizer dispensers are the most innovative hand sanitizer solutions that we have seen since sliced bread! In conclusion, if you want to mitigate the spread of germs to protect you and those around you, keep your hands to yourself and remember to sanitize your hands.


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