Hand-washing and EBOLA prevention

Hello Prevention readers!

 

#1 Question: Does everyone know that the #1 way to prevent disease transmission is to wash your hands and that 50% of the people in America don’t wash their hands after using the rest room, case in point.

I went to a matinee with my husband last week… Guardians of the Galaxy, his pick. Midway through the film nature called, I was drying my hands and watched a woman come out of a stall and head straight out of the restroom, I followed.

 

 

 

I was trying to come up with a way to say “Wash your hands please.” and different variations swam through my head. Here’s one…“maam I noticed you didn’t wash your hands.” I also though maybe I’d say loudly  “DID YOU JUST USE THE BATHROOM and NOT WASH YOUR HANDS?” GASP.  She headed to the concession stand and I followed, she ordered  and proceeded to touch her wallet, money, napkin dispenser, counter top.

 

 

 

What to do?

 

She caught on that I was checking her out because she returned my stare, a couple of times we locked eyes when my brain was still trying to figure out how to handle the situation. I just couldn’t bring myself to get the words out. “WASH YOUR HANDS GROSO.”

 

So I’m getting it out here and asking for your help. Get involved? Or not get involved when people around you do not practice good hygiene?

 

 

What would you do?

 

The low down on Ebola

The risk of Ebola transmission is low. Becoming infected requires direct, physical contact with the bodily fluids (vomit, faeces, urine, blood, semen, etc.) of people who have been infected with or died from Ebola virus disease (EVD) as stated on the WHO Website listed here. http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/what-you-need-to-know/en/

HOW TO: Hand Wash/Rub

Printable picture sheet to display listed here also by WHO http://www.who.int/gpsc/tools/GPSC-HandRub-Wash.pdf?ua=1

WHERE DO: Germs Accumulate

An Ounce of Prevention uses a product called GLO-GERMS in our Blood Borne Pathogen Class. You rub it in your hands like lotion, wash your hands, then shine a black light on your hands to see where GERMS ARE LINGERING also know as the commonly missed places when hand washing. VERY ENLIGHTENING!

Ok so Ebola transmission is low, Hand-washing is awesome and we can learn to do it better, but for me the question remains what to do when you witness poor hygiene around you? Have you ever witnessed someone not hand-washing after using the bathroom ? If so WWYD?

Check out one of our Blood Borne Pathogen Classes to learn more, or if it’s that time we offer CPR training unmatched in Seattle

Sincerely,

Your prevention pal

WHENWHEN TO WASH YOUR HANDS

GENERAL PUBLIC/LOW RISK GROUP: If you have had no known contact with any confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola infection, wash your hands:

After any contact with another person’s bodily fluids

After touching animals

After contact with raw meat from fruit bats, monkeys or apes (‘bushmeat’)

Before preparing food

Before eating food

After using the toilet

After changing a child’s diaper

– See more at: http://www.globalhandwashing.org/resources/general/handwashing-ebola-factsheet#how TO WASH YOUR HANDS

GENERAL PUBLIC/LOW RISK GROUP: If you have had no known contact with any confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola infection, wash your hands:

After any contact with another person’s bodily fluids

After touching animals

After contact with raw meat from fruit bats, monkeys or apes (‘bushmeat’)

Before preparing food

Before eating food

After using the toilet

Written by marlo