Can Dirty Hands Kill Me?!
We are not even aware of how important our personal hygiene is to maintain our overall health and well-being. Even more so, we fail to recognize the crucial necessity of keeping our hands clean and disinfected at all times. Our hands are involved into almost every action we do, from going to the toilet to eating and coming into contact with items or people in our daily activities. All this makes them prone to having different bacteria and microorganisms on their surface at all times. Thus, dirty hands are the causes of countless diseases and health complications, some of which may lead us to death. Frightening as it might seem, this is so. Therefore, proper hygiene is crucial. In case you do not believe this, read on and learn about some interesting facts which might change your opinion.
Hand Hygiene Facts
The area between our fingers all the way up to our elbows presents a home for more than ten million of different bacteria and each time we visit the rest room, unless we wash our hands, this number doubles, to say the least. Researches show that only 70% of all people who use restrooms wash their hands afterwards, while the rest leave with a double amount of germs to spread around. Moreover, men are less likely to wash their hands than women are. However, right handed people usually take less effort in washing their left hand properly and vice-versa. All these microorganisms located on your hands multiply faster if your hands are wet or moist to begin with. Furthermore, they are bound to stay on your hands for more than three hours, before being replaced with other germs of the same or similar type. Also, watches, bracelets, rings and similar jewelry items present excellent breeding grounds for germs. Thereby, it is not strange that 80% of all infections are directly or indirectly caused by dirty hands.
What Is To Be Done?
First of all, follow the basic rules your parents taught you. Wash your hands before and after eating or preparing food as well as after having anything to do with dirty and unhygienic items and places. The same goes for after getting in contact with a sick individual, after going to the bathroom, coughing, wiping the nose, changing baby's diaper or touching any open wounds.
You are to wash your hands properly by wetting them with water initially, using plenty of soap, rubbing them against each other until all the areas have been cleansed or covered with soap adequately. This may last for about 20 seconds, before washing your hands with water thoroughly, again, and wiping them dry with a towel. When you are in areas with no water or soap, you may use hand sanitizers in forms of gels, taking good care of your personal hygiene regardless of the conditions.