Posted by: Chris Sandel | September 21, 2008

National Clean Hands Week

Happy National Clean Hands Week!  In honor of this joyous occasion let’s everyone wash their hands this week!  (If you’re not a big fan of washing your hands I suppose you could celebrate Christian Leadership week instead but that doesn’t seem quite as fun.)

As I think thought how I’ll celebrate this week, a sign I recently saw at a fast food restaurant comes to mind.  Shouldn’t they cover that at some point in the job training.  I especially love #3 which tells us exactly how long to wash for. 

A few fun facts to get you in the “Clean Hands” mood:

  • Only 58% of female and 48% of male middle and high school students washed their hands after using the bathroom.  Of these, only 33% of the females and 8% of the males used soap.
  • Right handed people tend to wash their left hand more thoroughly than their right hand, and visa versa.  (I’m never shaking hands again). 
  • We have between 2 and 10 million bacteria between fingertip and elbow.
  • Damp hands spread 1,000 times more germs than dry hands.
  • The number of germs on your fingertips doubles after you use the toilet.
  • Germs can stay alive on hands for up to three hours.
  • Millions of germs hide under watches and bracelets and there could be as many germs under your ring as there are people in Europe.
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