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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!

Written by: Dr. Hampton M.D., COMTREA Pediatrician 

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