Primary Care Education

Washing your Hands

August 25, 2018 by Dr. Hampton M.D., COMTREA Pediatrician

One in Five People Don't Wash Their Hands

Sadly one in five people don't wash their hands, and of those that do, three out of ten people use soap. Only about one person washes their hands for 15-seconds or more. The result – “waste” matter including bacteria such as E. coli can be found on just over a quarter of our hands.

Germs from Flushing the Toilet Can Jump Six Feet

It's not just the door and toilet handles you need to watch out for in public restrooms. Every time a toilet is flushed and the lid is left up, a fine mist is sprayed into the air that contains all types of bacteria causing diseases.
Air movement including hot air dryers can blow around the bacteria. It can be inhaled or deposited on your clothes, creating a potential mobile source of infection.

Q: Who created soap?

A: The Romans.

We have them to thank because it's like a “do-it-yourself'” vaccine. When you use soap correctly to wash your hands it drastically decreases the chance getting sick.

Q: What is the proper way to wash your hands?

A: Get your Hands Wet. Scrub your hands for 15 -20 seconds to kill germs. Rinse and Dry.

Q: How long is 15-20 seconds?

A: It is the same time that it takes to sing the happy birthday song, twice!

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