Shoes Off! Recent Study Reveals Why It Is Important Not To Wear Shoes Inside The House
The habit of wearing shoes in the house is one that has been around for a while and is often based on personal choices.
In some households, one can wear shoes inside, and in others, a no shoe policy exists. As it turns out, the latter is the way everyone should go.
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Many people may feel uncomfortable insisting that everyone take off their shoes at the door before entering the house, but according to the results of a research conducted by an American microbiologist, that's exactly what we must do.
While conducting the research, the microbiology professor from the University of Arizona, Prof. Charles Gerba wore a new pair of shoes for 14 days and examined the soles.
It turned out after such a short while, 440,000 units of bacteria had developed there.
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Many of you may be thinking “Well, that's just one pair of shoes, and he probably walked past dirty pavements”, but that's not the case.
The study was conducted on randomly selected strangers and the results were reasonably consistent.
Bacteria such as Escherichia coli (which is linked to some infections like meningitis and diarrhea) and Klebsiella pneumonia, known to cause pneumonia were some of the bacteria observed during the study.
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Talking on this phenomenon, Professor Gerba said that the frequent occurrence of Coliform and E. Coli on the outer part of the shoes was owing to contact with fecal matter in public restrooms or animal waste outside.
He went further to add that the study showed that this bacteria could be brought into your home over a long distance once the shoes have been contaminated.
In essence, what this means is s that hoes may just be better virus carriers than toilets even. It's both fascinating and eye-opening.
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If however, you feel uncomfortable telling people to take off their shoes at the door when they come visiting, there is always another option you could try.
Try telling guests to wash their shoes properly with detergent before granting them access into your house as that has been known to reduce the bacteria by about 90%.
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Faced with both choices, we believe the easier option is already clear. Every day, new discoveries are made for the sake of keeping us all safe.
Prevention, as they say, is better than cure, so when next to those guests come visiting, smile and tell them to leave their shoes at the door before coming in.