We all know what we’re supposed to do after using the toilet. Yes, wash our hands.
Using the bathroom requires a lot of touching: opening the door, lifting the lid, wiping and flushing. You get germs on your hands with any one of these efforts.
So, if you don’t wash your hands … well, think of everything you contaminate after exiting the bathroom.
Sadly, a study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed a dirty truth: only 31 percent of men and 65 percent of women washed their hands after using a public restroom.
A single gram of human feces; which is about the weight of a paper clip can contain one trillion germs like E. coli, Shigella, Streptococcus, hepatitis A and E, and more. Even the healthiest people have dangerous germs in their stools.
If your reason for not washing your hands is because your hands are clean and poo-free, can you say the same for the last person who touched that toilet handle, used the sink, or opened the bathroom door?
Washing your hands prevents illnesses and spread of infections to others
Hand washing with soap prevents illnesses and spread of infections to other
- People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth and make us sick.
- Germs from unwashed hands can get into foods and drinks while people prepare or consume them. Germs can multiply in some types of foods or drinks, under certain conditions, and make people sick.
- Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails, table tops, or toys, and then transferred to another person’s hands.
- Removing germs through handwashing therefore helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections and may even help prevent skin and eye infections.