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The Importance of washing your hands
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Posted 9/17/14

XXpoisonivyXX wrote:

I always wash my hands and use a napkin to open the door. I also carry hand sanitizer. I get grossed out when I see some girls not washing their hands after using the bathroom. I saw a couple RN's leave out of the bathroom at work without washing their hands and carrying patient supplies. Just nasty. Come on you're a heath care professional..... They are not working there no more.


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Here is a fun fact:

Hand Washing Statistics: People Don’t Wash Hands

American Society of Microbiology studies showed:
97% of females and 92% of males say they wash
of these only 75% females and 58% males washed
50% of middle and high school students say they wash
of these 33% of females and only 8% of males used soap while washing hands
Minnesota Department of Health led three observational studies:
2003 Back to 50’s Car Show Event—64% females washed and 30% males
2003 State Fair—65% females washed and 39% males
2004 State Fair—75% females washed and 51% males
Hand Washing Among Public Restroom Users At the Minnesota State Fair
Hand Washing at three events on MN State Fairgrounds.
(Source: 2006 Minnesota Handwashing Tool Kit)
http://www.health.state.mn.us/handhygiene/stats/statistics.html


So whenever I shake hands with a HS girl, 1/3 of the time I'm indirectly touching their hoo-ha.
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I can't stand people who do not wash their hands, sorry. It's disgusting! I could never do it. After using the bathroom, my hands feel like they're literally burning until I wash them. If I see someone skip out washing their hands, I'll never eat from or accept items from them. And shake their hands? FORGET IT!!!!!!!
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i'm not a germaphobe but i do make sure to wash my hands whenever they're dirty.. i don't excessively wash my hands or get paranoid about door handles, though.

i can't stand public restrooms though.. i don't even let my ass touch the toilet seat lmao, i just hover

the more you avoid germs, the weaker your immune system gets. that's why you're supposed to play and get dirty as a kid so you can build up immunity to sickness. i haven't gotten sick in years

sure you want to be clean, but there's a point where you can be too clean to be healthy. excessively showering/washing your hands dries out your skin and hair and peels your skin. makes you look like a scaly snake.

the smells of the human body are gross. get over it.
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Raimu4 wrote:

I wash my dick daily so why should i wash my hands after taking a piss?


Truly the Socrates of our time.
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Washing your hands is important, but it's not necessary to avoid touching things. Your hands are made to touch things. That's why you can feel every surface you grasp and your fingers are as nimble as they are. It's more important to control what you do with your hands rather than what you touch. Obviously, washing your hands after you go to the bathroom, or after you've touched a bunch of things (say after riding on a bus) and so on is a necessity.

However, unless you have an open wound on your hands those normal germs aren't going to amount to much as long as you wash your hands before eating or touching things like your eyes, nose, ears and mouth. Don't chew your nails or stick your fingers in your ear; that's a good way to get an ear infection, especially if you're already prone to them.

I ride the bus home from college and I touch things on the bus as unavoidable as it is. It's public transportation so it's not exactly clean, but before eating or drinking anything when I get home I always wash my hands. And I make sure I keep my hands away from my face in general until I have done that.

So long as you're careful in that regard you will significantly reduce your chances of getting what other people have, even in public places. Obviously, anything airborne is mostly unavoidable (especially when people don't cover their mouths) but you can't do anything about that, so you might as well just focus on what you can do.
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I like the swipe method. You might have seen this a few times in a public bathroom. The individual turns on the water, quickly swipes his hands through the stream one time, like a credit card, then proceeds to dry them off as if they were actually wet. Soap? Of course not! That might require a second swipe, and, really, who has time for that?

Oddly enough, the only time I could understand someone being reluctant to wash his hands is if he works in the food industry, Hand washing is certainly a priority when it comes to handling food, right? Here's the thing, what happens when a person working one of those jobs washes his hands several times a day over a long period of time? The skin dries out and the knuckles begin to crack and bleed. You're not allowed to put on any sort of hand moisturizer afterwards, or you'll be required to wash your hands again. Most businesses won't spend the extra money to provide soap that comes with moisturizer, so you're either paying for it out of your own pocket or settling for the cheap stuff provided. All that's left are those thin plastic gloves in a cardboard box sitting on a table nearby, and you get to used to having those on your hands for a prolonged period of time. I change mine out constantly, but I've watched co-workers handle all sorts of food with the same pair of gloves on for ten to thirty minutes at a time. The crud isn't actually on their fingers, so they don't think about it unless somebody says something. Ultimately, all any of us can really do is either not think about it, or cook our own meals from now on. At this moment, my knuckles are red and are itchy. I still wash them frequently at work, but if you saw them right now, that probably wouldn't put your mind at ease, would it?
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People are flat out disgusting.

I've become slightly mental about constantly washing my hands - especially at work (I have to deal with the public, and it's horrifying). A nice bubble to keep between myself and others would be fantasmic.
Posted 9/17/14
I feel the same as you. It's so disgusting.

On another note, there are some people out there that don't know how to flush toilets! Seriously, you left a huge dump and you're not going to flush the toilet...
Posted 9/17/14 , edited 9/17/14
I deleted my earlier post of all the horror stories of undergrad and a lab internship.

Basically - most I encountered in the restroom didn't. A female lab partner in microbiology that wouldn't wash her hand before or after. At least her hands were pretty ><... She eventually did, but only "after" - always swore they were clean before (at the risk of ruining our experiments....).

Anyways, washing your hands is important. Use lotion when you need to if they dry during the winter - don't skip out on washing ><. Restrooms aside - they should really fail every student in cell/micro/ect lab that doesn't use aseptic technique.

Hell, I only knew one girl that washed her hands after doing experiments with fruit flies in the genetics lab. When I saw she didn't directly touch the handle for the water (to turn it off) I immediately yelled out, "you're germaphobic too?!?!" Those are the types that give me hope on the war on germs. (Note: I'm sure many more did - I just remember her because she too would look for a paper towel to turn on/off the water [like me]. I thought it was true love, a few months later I found out it wasn't =/ [true story]).
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Just remember, that stuff that splashes on you isn't just water....

Posted 9/17/14
Ya know, I may and probably am the minority here. But unless piss splashes on my hands I'm not gonna wash my hands, I'm sorry lol but thats just me. Now if I'm with like say a friend, or somewhere like work then yeah I'll wash em, but if I'm at home thats a different story.
Posted 9/17/14
I'll say it again.... its just common sense!
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I really only wash my hands to be polite. And even then it's typically a quick rinse and dry unless there's visible dirt.

Oh, I bite my nails, too. But I seldom get sick (I don't do flu shots, either) and when I do, it's usually a seasonal cold..
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