True feelings about hand washing

Posted on February 6, 2009 by

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by Jessika Bollero

A woman dashes out of a stall in the restroom and heads directly for the door. The other women standing in the inescapable long line couldn’t help but wonder, “Why isn’t she going to wash her hands?” Washing your hands is a simple way to avoid illness and show respect for other people sharing the same doorknob. It takes 20 seconds and does nothing but good, so why don’t more people do it?

“A lot of times, I think people don’t wash their hands because they’re in a hurry,” Ravina Sabnis (11) said.

Not washing hands can lead to catching cold, flu and food-related illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 76 million Americans get a food-borne illness each year, and many of the cases are cause by inadequate hand-washing.

“It’s gross when people don’t wash their hands,” Abby Riley (11) said. “I don’t even want to go into the same stall after them, because if they can’t even wash their hands, they probably don’t shower a lot, either.”

The proper technique for washing hands is to wet hands with warm water, lather with soap, scrub all surfaces of hands (including wrists) for 15-20 seconds, rinse well, dry hands with a clean, disposable towel and use the towel to turn off the faucet.

“It’s hard to believe there are so many people who don’t wash their hands,” DJ Eisman (11) said. “It’s not hard. Just do it. There’s something we learned in marching band that can help that, “G.O.Y.,” get over yourself.”

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