Eating with your fingers.
Is anything better?
Eating with your fingers AFTER YOU’VE WASHED THEM.
Germs for sure
Because however nice your chosen favourite is – it’s not worth the tummy cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea that visits you at 2.00 in the morning.
E. coli, norovirus – take your pick.
It could be any one of thousands bacteria or viruses on your fingers at any one time.
Collected through your morning until now…
Off the money in your purse, your Oyster card, the STOP button on the bus, the door handle of the coffee shop, the face of your mobile, the front door to your office, the lift call button, your computer on switch, the keyboard on your desk, the mail in your In-tray, your desk itself, your office phone, the photocopier start switch, the door to the loo, the tissue paper you use there, the flush handle, the bag of doughnuts for coffee break, the parcel from the printing company, the felt-tip pens for the update board, your face, your lipstick for touch-up, the conference room table, the overhead projector, the overhead slides from sales, the meeting microphone on/off, the stairway banisters, the lunch-time news-sheet, the pizza-joint window choosing while you queue in the street, the bag they put it in to take back to your desk…
Er, excuse us.
Where was “wash your hands” in all that?
Our minds go blank
Don’t look so surprised. Most of us forget, even though we’re sticklers for clean.
Yet everything we touch, every second of every day, is covered in viruses and bacteria.
We are too. Billions of them on our skin and clothing.
Billions more inside us too. Over 6 billion in our mouths, more than the number of people on Earth. More than 100 trillion in our gut – partners in helping us digest.
So when we pick up that pizza with our fingers, there’s plenty stuff for us to swallow that we’re not supposed to.
Yes, we’ve got bacteria inside us already – but the right ones, they’re supposed to be there. And most of the time, even the wrong ones are OK – our immune systems are too strong to let them take hold.
But the stuff on our fingers is dodgy. Often in quantities big enough to give us grief. And often really yucky stuff we’d rather not know about. Like if you didn’t wash your hands when you went to the loo, there could be poo on there.
Don’t take that bite!
Put it down and wash your hands first.
And don’t reckon you can blame the pizza company if you come down with something.
Those pizza oven are way too hot for germs to survive – 800°F, or even more.
And nobody touched your super-size slice. Straight off the pizza shovel, gloved hands on the cutter wheel, into the box, and bagged into your own hands.
Wash your hands and everything’s hunky. Quattro stagioni perfetto.
Forget and take a chance – you could be in hospital sooner than you think.
More than 800 people die from norovirus every year. More than 5,000 from e.coli. Add c.difficile, Delhi Belly and rotavirus – the numbers jump to over 80,000.
Don’t be one of them.
A wrong-way encounter with any of these nasties will be more than you can chew.
After you with the soap.