Tag - hygiene

Kitchen Sponges are the Perfect Home for Bacteria


By Anna Gibbs Ask bacteria where they'd like to live, and they'll answer: a kitchen sponge, please. Sponges are microbe paradises, capable of housing 54 billion bacteria per cubic centimeter. In addition to being damp, airy, and loaded with food scraps, sponges provide an optimal physical environment for bacteria, researchers reported in Nature Chemical Biology. Just like...

Finding positives from the pandemic


Habit of wearing masks and hygiene would go a long way in reducing diseases infection  By Basab Dasgupta It has been a long depressing period of a couple of years with all the news of coronavirus cases, resulting in deaths, lockdowns at home, massive unemployment, economic devastation, and associated fear and paranoia. Now when life is...

Wash your hands? Indians have always been doing this – and more


By Bhaswati Bhattacharya In ancient times, Ayurveda was aware of the importance of hygiene. Ancient prescriptions recommended emptying the bowels and bladder in Nature, then covering the excrement with earth in a secluded space. As there was often no water body nearby, it necessitated conscious attention to obtaining water. A person would be seen leaving...