According to a large online database called Numbeo, Filipinos generally spend more than an hour inside a vehicle when traveling everyday.
This is equivalent to roughly 360 hours or 15 days every year.
According to an expert, spending this much time inside a vehicle makes people susceptible to germs and bacteria.
Dr. Willie Ong says germs may be present inside the car. “Kung saan mo madalas hinahawakan, na hindi naman natin nililinis lagi, so pwede doon na manatili ‘yung germs.”
Common germ hotspots inside the car are the steering wheel, aircon vents and shift knob.
Meanwhile, germs in public transportation are usually found on handrails inside buses and jeepneys.
People may become vulnerable to diseases if they come into contact with these.
“Nandiyan ang E.coli, salmonella, fungal infection, pwede natin ipasa sa ibang tao,” Ong said.
What’s more, stress from traffic, heat, and pollution can add to a person’s vulnerability against bacteria, which may lead to diseases.
Cleaning a car’s interior extensively will help reduce the number of germs, but maintaining proper hygiene is also needed to avoid harmful bacteria.
“kailangan maghuhugas ng kamay. Kung hindi, ‘di tayo maghuhugas ng kamay, mapapasa natin ‘dun sa mga kasama natin sa kotse,” Ong advised.
Source and image: ABS-CBN News