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An Ounce of Prevention In Your Hands

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An Ounce of Prevention In Your Hands

Do you wash your hands after using a public rest room… after changing a diaper… before eating?

Chances are if you answer a telephone poll you will say you do because you know you should.

A study reported on in HealthDay News found that 85 percent of Americans wash their hands after using a public bathroom in 2010, compared with only 77 percent in 2007. The observational study was conducted at six locations in four cities.

A separate survey done by phone found that 96 percent of Americans said they always wash their hands after using public bathrooms. Sometimes what we say and what we do is at odds.

Amazingly, only 82 percent of respondents said they wash their hands after changing a diaper! Seventy-seven percent said they always wash their hands before eating. Most of us still donít wash our hands after coughing or sneezing. Women rank higher than men in all categories.

Itís not only Americans who need to improve their hygiene. Last year, a study published by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that that less than one-third of men and two-thirds of women wash their hands with soap after using the restroom. Researchers studied the behavior of a quarter of a million people using restrooms in Britain and used sensors to monitor soap use.

With school back in session and cold and flu season upon us, this is a great time to remind ourselves and our children that hand washing is the simplest — and cheapest — way to avoid getting sick. This simple act helps prevent spread of the common cold, diarrheal diseases, respiratory infections, MRSA, food-borne illnesses such as salmonella and E. coli, and seasonal flu, among other things.

In the home, frequent hand washing, especially before and after food preparation, eating, diaper changing, coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, and using the bathroom will help prevent germs from spreading among family members. Itís the best way to avoid getting sick!

In hospitals, clinics, and doctorsí offices, frequent hand washing can prevent deadly infections from spreading between health care workers and patients.

Next: Thereís a right way and a wrong way to wash your hands…

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8:23PM PDT on Jul 29, 2014

I wish I could convince my young granddaughters that hand washing will keep them healthier.

4:59AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Thank you for their information.
How long will the skin last with this kind of washing treatment?

10:46AM PDT on Aug 31, 2013

What to do if you observe someone in a public washroom come out of the stall and then make a beeline for the exit without washing their hands? I've observed this and it makes me sick! Dare a person say something?

8:43PM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

Thanks for the reminders.
Everyone needs to remember to wash their hands regularly.

9:00PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Mom was right, damn it.

9:20AM PDT on Oct 23, 2010

just wash your hands, its easy

10:41AM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

Thanks for the posting.

10:44PM PDT on Oct 10, 2010

To me over protection from germs makes our immune system fragile and ill prepared for situations when one has got no option but to compromise. I never over indulged in hygiene and so must have fallen sick often in my childhood days. But as i grew i am so much less prone to catch virals, flu, cold n cough, stomach upsets etc.

10:37AM PDT on Oct 4, 2010

Question: I've always wondered if, after washing/sanitizing, does the lotion I then apply to dried skin, from above activity,
reintroduce bacteria/germs? Help

8:23AM PDT on Sep 30, 2010

Hand washing is essential.

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