This year, Americans have been more vigilant than ever before about personal health and hygiene. As cold and flu season approaches, we are wearing masks, washing our hands and using hand sanitizer more frequently. But our hands are not the only parts of our body that we should be sanitizing.
Germs can spread via respiratory droplets that land in the nose or transfer from hands to nose. Sanitizing the nose can help reduce the spread of germs and risk of infection by interrupting the cycle of contamination between hands and nose. This simple protective step is “the other half of prevention.” As we continue to battle COVID-19 during cold and flu season, the “Sanitize Your Nose” public health campaign aims to raise awareness of the nose as a hot spot for infectious germs.
If you have plans for holiday travel and family gatherings, there are important steps you should take in order to help reduce the risk of infection
More About Dr. Manyak: Dr. Michael J. Manyak is a medical doctor, corporate medical executive, author, explorer, and an expert on health, safety and security while traveling. He serves as the chief medical advisor for crisis response and travel medicine for multiple Fortune 500 companies and for the Greater Washington Board of Trade. Dr. Manyak has an avid interest in expedition medicine and is a consultant to the National Geographic Society; he was also a national board member for The Explorers Club for a decade. Dr. Manyak’s experience includes serving on the NASA Aerospace Medicine and Occupational Health Advisory Committee, where he was responsible for the care of US astronauts. He is a former professor of urology, engineering, microbiology, immunology and tropical medicine at The George Washington University and was profiled by the Washingtonian Magazine as one of “The Best and Brightest of Washington.” He has made numerous appearances on national networks, including CBS, NBC, Fox News, PBS and CNN to share his expertise on travel health and safety.