Would a super clean environment make us more prone to sickness? Dr Jade Soh, Consultant, Department of Infectious Diseases, SKH clarified this and other misconceptions about how clean we should be. She pointed out that everyone has two types of immune systems, an innate one and acquired one, that help us fight germs that enter the body and defend it against infections and diseases. She reminded that the best way to prevent infectious diseases is to have good hygiene practices. In addition to washing our hands frequently, one should mask-up while feeling sick at home and avoid sharing meals with other family members. Keeping the home environment clean is also equally important – and this can be achieved by cleaning the surfaces that people often touch, such as door handles, light switch buttons, faucets, toilet flush buttons and remote controls.
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