Sunday, July 15, 2012

Hand Washing

Hand washing, when done correctly, is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. Good hand washing technique is easy to learn and can significantly reduce the spread of infectious diseases among both children and adults.





Despite the proven health benefits of hand washing, many people don't practice this habit as often as they should — even after using the toilet. Throughout the day you accumulate germs on your hands from a variety of sources, such as direct contact with people, contaminated surfaces, foods, even animals and animal waste. If you don't wash your hands frequently enough, you can infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose or mouth. And you can spread these germs to others by touching them or by touching surfaces that they also touch, such as doorknobs.

Infectious diseases that are commonly spread through hand-to-hand contact include the common cold, flu and several gastrointestinal disorders, such as infectious diarrhea. While most people will get over a cold, the flu can be much more serious. Some people with the flu, particularly older adults and people with chronic medical problems, can develop pneumonia. The combination of the flu and pneumonia, in fact, is the eighth-leading cause of death among Americans.

Inadequate hand hygiene also contributes to food-related illnesses, such as salmonella and E. coli infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 76 million Americans get a food-borne illness each year. Of these, about 5,000 die as a result of their illness. Others experience the annoying signs and symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

15 comments:

Tim said...

If all handwash dispensers were that much fun it would be problem solved! Sound sense. ;)

karl said...

Yes, Id like a handwasher dispenser just like that too!

Im very ocd about cleanliness - I buy four bars of soap a week [usually exfoliating soap, like Dove] and I get a handwash pump once a week, which I use after touching everything I know I havent cleaned beforehand [so it takes quite a while!!!].
I often carry a tiny spray-pump thingy which I fill with Dettol [not product placing, honest!] that I use to spray door handles, cups, etc.
I love being clean!!!!!!!!!!
[EDIT; must get help].

Stan said...

True, But why stress about that when I have cock in my mouth.

LORDPATRICK said...

Great advice! trust you are feeling much better these days and not working too hard! Hugs, Patrick

Demetrius said...

You are right about that. I keep a bottle of hand sanitizer with me.

Tim said...

Stan, you've got it made my man!

Red-Hot-Chilli said...

Thanks for the info! ... but hey - where can I buy that dispenser????

Smooth Jock said...

That was most definitely a highly enlightening intro to everyday hygiene (LOL). However - the really interesting thing is: Where does one get such soap dispenser?

Koba said...

LOL @ Stan! :)

Steve said...

I agree about the need for hand washing in general. I'm appalled at the number of guys who use the toilet at the men's room at the airport or other public place and then walk out without washing their hands.

However, I don't agree with the obsessive use of antibacterial soaps and excessive use of antibiotics. All these do is rid the most dangerous bacteria of their competition. The result is to promote the evolution, growth and spread of so-called "super bugs" that are resistant to known antibiotics.

I wash my hands with ordinary soap (OK, I'll admit I like soap with some fragrance like bergamot). If I have been digging in the garden, I will use a nail brush and/or wash cloth to get the tight spots around my nails clean. But I think that some exposure to the natural bacteria of healthy soil is salutary.

Not surprisingly, I am seldom afflicted with any kind of infection.

Russ Manley said...

Ray, I love the dispenser, where can I get one like that?

Koba - ya know man, after my morning shower, with three or four layers of clean clothing covering my crotch, my dick is the cleanest part of my body. It's not even exposed to the bajillions of germs free-floating in the air all around us, like my face and hands are, and yours too.

And trust me, I learned not to pee on my hands in kindergarten. So get over your appalled-ness already.

Ur-spo said...

well said!
I continually chant the mantra "Wash your hands!"
Which I try to do before each meal etc. I use paper towels to turn off the taps and open doors, to keep sanitary (I learned this in surgery rounds).

Butch 57 said...

Is it dispensing cum or soap?

Ip HongSi said...
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Ray's Cowboy said...

It would make for fun.

Ray