I have noticed when I have been at different events, there were those that would use the restroom and not bother to wash their hands afterward. It is troubling to me, because they then proceed to open the bathroom door with their unwashed hands. Apparently, washing their hands is of little importance to them. It is upsetting also, because as they leave they are touching the entrance door. Others following them will be touching that same handle. I have started using an extra paper towel for the handle on the entrance door as I leave just because there are those that refuse to wash their hands. I have also resolved to carry sanitizing gel with me at all times.
I have also observed that some places do not have doors on the restroom at the entrance. I have seen it at rest areas on the road as well. I like this because even if a person does not wash their hands they are not touching that entrance door as they leave.
Washing the hands is one of the best ways for preventing the spreading of infection and illnesses, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Have you ever considered the many germs that you get as the result of touching items that people have touched with unwashed hands?
I recall when I was at a public kitchen making an order. As I stood in line, I observed the cashier picking at her nose as she took the customers order. When it was my turn to order I brought it to her attention. She denied it and became obnoxious. Those inline behind me confirmed she was picking her nose. Rather than argue and order from her, I requested that someone else would help me. What was she thinking? Addressing this type of behavior is important. I also, made sure that the manager was aware of what had happened.
I have become more meticulous regarding what I see occurring in restrooms and restaurants as well.
I have observed many are starting to sell barbecue on street corners. I have observed that they do not have any plastic gloves on, nor any sanitizer is in sight. Many of the street corner cooks are men that I have seen. When the men need to use the restroom while cooking, are they going behind the building, then returning to finish cooking? This disturbs me. I am not saying that is what they do, but I wonder.
I have been in restaurants where the cook is the cashier. I have seen the cook touching the meat, laying it on the grill with bare hands, and then returning to the cash register.
This again is troubling to me.
Now not all restaurants are like this, thank goodness. I do recall one fast food restaurant at Subway. The associate making the sub also was the cashier. I observed the cashier used fresh gloves when preparing the food. I observed the removing of the gloves when returning to the cash register.
Mary L. Gavin, MD states that 22 million schooldays are lost each year from the spread of common cold, meningitis, flu, and infectious diarrhea. She further states that good hand washing protects against the spread of these illnesses.
Do you make the effort to wash your hands often? What are your thoughts about those that refuse to wash their hands after using the restroom?
Center for Disease Control and Prevention, January 23, 2012
Mary L. Gavin, MD, March 2011,kids health.org
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