It’s that time of the year to remember that proper hygiene can prevent us from getting sick, though that’s an important message at all times. To that end, Sinai Hospital created an infographic highlighting the four main ways germs like viruses, bacteria and other harmful organisms can enter the body.
Sickness-causing bacteria and viruses can lurk on surfaces long after they're expelled in an infected person's sneeze or snot. Some can even stay on a surface for months, given the right conditions. While the ability of these microorganisms to actually make you sick depends on a number of factors (bacterial/viral load, your immune system, conditions for survivability), don't mind us if we play it safe and up the disinfecting and hand-washing.