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BBC Radio London: Dr Manal Mohammed talks about spread of germs in public spaces

18 September 2018


Dr Manal Mohammed, Lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Westminster, recently appeared on BBC Radio London to discuss how to keep our hands free of germs and maintain overall hygiene.

Speaking to presenter Eddie Nestor, Dr Mohammed said: “Two-thirds of our bodies are made up of microbial cells, and only one third are human cells. We shouldn’t be that scared of microorganisms and germs, most are actually friendly, useful and helpful to us.

“The most important thing is actually about awareness, I know that I can get some germs from others so it’s all about protecting myself. So the best thing I do is wash my hands – simply just use soap and water, water and soap are available. Why spend money on expensive wipes?"

She then concluded with the importance of washing our hands in the right way: “You should use water and soap and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. “There are many places that can be contaminated with germs, so we shouldn’t forget areas such as the nails, between the fingers, back of the hands and wrists.”

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