Washing your hands can save your life!

Everybody has done it.  You’re running late to get back to work from your lunch break, your in a hurry to finish cooking dinner so you can rest, or you’re just plain lazy;  you didn’t even think or worry about washing your hands after you used the restroom, chopped up that juicy steak, or sneezed in your hand.  It’s a tale told many times, but did you know that by skipping the one simple step of washing your hands, you could be contaminating yourself and others with Escherichia Coli (E. Coli), Salmonella, or Myobacterium Tuberculosis?

E. Coli

E. Coli

Though only three diseases have been mentioned in this blog, millions upon millions of diseases are transferred through hand-mouth contact and can be prevented by simply washing your hands!

Everyone should know to wash your hands after everytime you use the restroom.  But there are many other times that are neglected when it is important to wash your hands.  DId you ever think to wash your hands after using the pen you signed in with at the doctor’s office?  Not many people think about this, but how many contaminated hands have touched that pen?  Not only have the people today touched it, but the people from yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that too.  That’s a lot of germs just lingering on one little ink pen.

I’m not asking peole to be OCD about washing their hands, because there’s no need to run off to a sink everytime you touch something you think might be contaminated.  There are many things you can do to prevent your hands from even being contaminated.  When you sneeze or cough use your elbow to cover your mouth; you don’t touch many things with your elbow and you don’t really use your elbow for much else, so put it to use!  Then there’s always hand sanitizer.  It would be a very good idea for everyone to carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with them.  It saves a lot of trouble from having to run and wash your hands.  Hand sanitizer has been proven to be just as effective as washing your hands.

Now that I’ve given a few examples of why handwashing is important and when you should wash your hands, can you think of any other times in your daily routine when handwashing could protect you from being contaminated with millions of little germs?  Write them in the comments!


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