Wash your hands or die, the dawning reality

A life and death issue. Really? It’s a joke, right? Unless you’re on the receiving end. Because you use your hands for everything, not so? You’re pretty well stuck without them. Hands unprotected from germs Which means they touch everything – good and bad – that is in our lives. And we do things with … Continue reading Wash your hands or die, the dawning reality

Dead by your own hand, or rescued by soap and water?

OK, OK, “dead” might be a little OTT. But make no error, plenty of people die from contamination on their fingers. Like the old tin miners in Cornwall, back in the Thirteenth Century. There was arsenic in the dust that they gouged out of those tiny, confined tunnels – which killed plenty of them before … Continue reading Dead by your own hand, or rescued by soap and water?

Could you be criminally charged for infecting your work colleagues?

We might not think we act criminally, and certainly not intentionally. But if colleagues become ill or die from an infection we’ve introduced, can we not be held liable? It is already an offence to transmit HIV – either knowingly, or unknowingly. People are never the same once that affliction takes hold of them. So … Continue reading Could you be criminally charged for infecting your work colleagues?

Pretend your desk is covered in alien slime, what should you do next?

Actually, it’s not alien slime, it’s genuine, 100% Earth-bound, gluey yuck. And it’s not pretend, it’s for real. In technical terms, a slimy bacterial biofilm – those greasy marks in between the sandwich crumbs, grit, dust bunnies and coffee mug rings that always seem appear between your first skinny latte and the end of the … Continue reading Pretend your desk is covered in alien slime, what should you do next?

How not washing your hands could land you in court – or worse

Hygiene negligence is not a crime. But not washing your hands can get you in a lot of trouble – even outside the medical sector. A shocking number us are guilty of forgetting to do it, or not even thinking about it. And then we wonder why wildfire illnesses like norovirus can suddenly come out … Continue reading How not washing your hands could land you in court – or worse

Are you germ war terrorising yourself?

Frightening prospect, germ war. And it’s nearer than we think. Right at our fingertips. Which puts us on the edge of suicide. Deadly dangerous Well we wouldn’t step in front of a bus, would we? Or a train. Or step into an open lift-shaft. But that’s the chance we’re taking every time we forget to … Continue reading Are you germ war terrorising yourself?

Why soap and water will soon be saving your life

Count on it, in the very near future, your life will depend on soap and water. They will be the only thing between you and certain death. Good old lifesavers So how you use them  – or whether you use them at all – is already a lot more critical than you might ever imagine. … Continue reading Why soap and water will soon be saving your life

What if norovirus was a deadly killer, would we wash our hands then?

We mean seriously deadly, like cancer,  typhoid, or the Black Death. Would we see still loads of cruise ship passengers repeatedly coming down with norovirus? Again & again, norovirus 2.0 Because it’s happened again – and keeps on happening. The latest “Old England to New England” voyage of a lifetime by Fred Olsen Line’s cruise … Continue reading What if norovirus was a deadly killer, would we wash our hands then?