Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Didn't your mom ever teach you to wash your hands?
So today I walk into the bathroom on campus to fix my hair. Several seconds later I see a young lady walk into the bathroom and quickly enter the stall. When she is finished she unlocks the stall and marches straight out of the bathroom touching the door knob that have to touch on the event of me leaving the public restroom.
All I have to say is ew! First of all I have to point out that everyone should wash there hands after EVERY time they use the bathroom. Communicable diseases are shared frequently because people either forget or choose to froget about washing there hands. Communicable diseases are those illnesses that can be spread from person to person, or from another infected medium to a person. So please wash your freakin hands!
Hand washing with any kind of soap is most effective when hands are scrubbed vigorously for at least 30 seconds. So don't just run your hands under the faucet either! 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!
So how do you wash your hands properly? Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available and rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces of your hands. Continue rubbing your hands for 15-20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice through to a friend. Rinse your hands well under running the water. Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer and if it's possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.
And remember to please wash your hands after every trip to the bathroom, it's disgusting not to.