When the “Gray Lady”, the national “Newspaper of Record,” the New York Times picks up on a narrative, it’s as if the topic is about some new “thing,” when in fact it’s old news.
It’s the story many of you saw in print—on your smartphone, TV or even an audio version on radio or podcast—about how you are likely washing your hands incorrectly.
Of course, as your prime conduit of information about cleanliness and sanitizing, I saw this story weeks ago, way before the mainstream media got a hold of it. At least the New York Times didn’t spin it into some political gobbly-gook about ideology. But give the Times time, because they’ll find a way. But I digress.
Here is the actual chart that WHO (the World Health Organization) recently released to show you exactly how to wash your hands.
Now that you’ve digested that graphic, read it again. Ok, now let’s converse about this whole “washing hands” thing.
You likely stink at washing your hands. I’ve observed countless guys in men’s rooms across the nation not bothering to wash their hands. And even if they do attempt it, often they simply just run water on their disgusting fingers. Guys, you simply suck at this.
If I wasn’t afraid of getting knocked out, I’d point it out.
To be fair, some men do use soap; but they don’t even rub it around their hands for more than a few seconds before rinsing. As you’ve learned, that’s not enough.
I suspected the situation wasn’t much different for women.
Ah…but I was somewhat wrong.
Why is it so difficult for the male constituents of the human race to wash hands after using the toilet? And I must ask the same question for a smaller percentage of women who do the same thing. WHY?
Maybe we should have a sex vs. sex contest to determine once and for all who will win. Put the challenge on the cover of Mademoiselle Magazine. Women would demolish men and like it.
If you’re a Mom or Dad, you’ve likely discussed hand-washing to your offspring at least once (hopefully more) and yet, some of you don’t adhere to your own advice when you use any restroom; whether at home, on the job or in a public facility. WHY?
I guess it comes down to laziness; or being stubborn. “Nothing bad can happen to ME!”
Well it can, and I’m living proof. Had a doctor, nurse or aide properly washed their hands before entering my hospital room after surgery, perhaps I wouldn’t have contracted MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) a staph infection that can be lethal.
I became much more conscious of the way, and the amount of time I spent washing my own hands after living through that nightmare lasting over five years.
If you’ve read this far into my spiel, you really should mention it again to your kids and to adults as well.
And, after you wash your hands, how about using an alcohol-free hand sanitizer called safeHands® as an added precaution. It won’t make your hands dry (like alcohol products do) to become a breeding ground for bacteria to hide.
Grab a few bottles the non-toxic foam safeHands® here.
Soon, I’ll tell you why you should never share hair or cosmetic utensils.
Until then, spread the word—not the germs.
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