Wash Your Hands

Washing Your Hands Helps Keep You Safe from Diseases:

Contagious diseases are the third-leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause worldwide. Did you know that many of these diseases are actually spread by unclean hands?  The sad truth is that, when asked, 92% of men and 97% of women claim to wash their hands but only 58% of men and 75% of women actually do. 

Hand washing is the best way to avoid from getting sick and is a very simple habit to have.  All you need is soap and water.  The American Society for Microbiology has also found that using an ethanol-based hand sanitizer can actually remove 80% of the virus that causes the commonSickCredit: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/Healthcare_g355-woman_Blowing_Her_Nose_p95447.html cold so having one of these handy would be a great idea.  Remember that your hands get exposed to germs constantly on a daily basis. They touch dirty door knobs, contaminated foods, cell phones, animals, other people, etc.  Unfortunately, if we don’t wash our hands we will run the risk of infecting ourselves with the germs as soon as we rub our eyes, touch our nose or wipe our mouth. 

Some people also think that if they are wearing gloves they don’t need to wash their hands but that is a misconception.  There is nothing better than to wash your hands in order to protect your health and the health of others. 

Here are some common tips on washing your hands after using a public restroom:Wash HandsCredit: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/washing-hans-photo-p218481

  • Prepare a piece of paper towel for when you are ready to dry your hands.
  • Rub soap on the front and back of your hands for at least 20 seconds.  (Singing the “Happy Birthday” song takes about 20 seconds).
  • Rinse with warm water, if possible, otherwise cold water is fine.
  • Dry your hands with the paper towel that you prepared earlier and use then use it to shut off the tap water (so this way you don’t touch the dirty knob and dirty your hands again).
  • Also, use a paper towel to open the restroom’s door when you leave.

None of us enjoy getting sick and although washing our hands is not going to guarantee that we will never get sick it is definitely going to make an impact.