The Sense of Touch
With the hustle and bustle of our busy work days, no one has the time to be sick.Think of a normal day and
all the different places you go. Think of all the things you touch in these places. Many of us don’t realize how often we touch our
face, which allows a bridge for all of the germs and bacteria we picked up to enter our bodies. Studies have shown that we touch our
face, on average, almost 4 times an hour and we touch other objects, on average, almost 3 times an hour1.
This frequent interaction with our environment gives germs and bacteria numerous opportunities to infect and spread.
Hand washing is the most effective method to remove germs and bacteria from our hands and decrease the risk of infection and spread.
20 seconds of washing will save you days of sickness and prevent the spread of germs like adenovirus, salmonella, and certains strains
Bathroom Hygiene Myth
Hand Washing Review
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides simple guidelines that include:
- Wet- use clean running water, standing water can be contaminated with previous us Lather- soap helps to remove dirt, grease, and germs from the skin
- Scrub- at least 20 seconds for effective germ removal
- Rinse – use clean running water, standing water can be contaminated with previous use
- Dry- try getting a paper towel or towel first, then going back to turn the faucet off with it, sink faucets are often some of the dirtiest objects.
Hand Washing Myths
The following are some common myths about hand washing:
Hand sanitizers can replace washing your hands with soap and water3
Hand washing is superior to sanitizers because of its ability to remove other germ-carrying substances like dirt and grease. The effectiveness of hand sanitizers is also influenced by amount used and drying time4.
The hotter the temperature of the water, the better for removing germs and bacteria3
No research exist that higher water temperatures improve effectiveness of removing germs and bacteria from hands. The best temperature to use is a comfortable one.
Air dryers are more hygienic than paper towels3
Studies have shown that air dryers increase bacteria counts on hands and also increase the risk of bacteria spread to others in close proximity, while drying hands with a paper towel decreases the spread of bacteria and effectively removes moisture that can contain germs and bacteria.
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Wash Away the Five Most Commom Myths about Handwashing. 19 September 2014. 1 June 2015.
4. Pickering AJ, Davis J, Boehm AB.
Efficacy of alcohol-based hand sanitizer on hands soiled with dirt and cooking oil.
Water Health. 2011 Sep;9(3):429-33.
5. Burton M, Cobb E, Donachie P, Judah G, Curtis V, Schmidt WP.
The effect of handwashing with water or soap on bacterial contamination of hands.
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2011 Jan;8(1):97-104.