Through our hands we can very easily spread germs. For example you may touch something that many other people have touched, such as a door handle, and then later touch your face without realising. This is just one way you can accidentally infect yourself with germs and viruses that can make you sick. Hand hygiene is the most important way to avoid the spread of harmful germs and prevent infections.
If you have received a cancer diagnosis or are undergoing cancer treatment, you may have a weakened immune system. This leaves you more vulnerable to general infections, which can result in:
- Admission to hospital
- Slower recovery
- Emotional distress