It’s an OMG moment – when you remember not to die.
So easy to forget with everything happening around you. Things to do, people to see – busy, busy, busy – no time for anything
But nobody wants to die, right?
Which is why you wash your hands.
Life habit that kills when you forget
Not because you ought to. Not because you’re nagged to. Not from any pressure of any kind.
Simply because you don’t want to die, and washing your hands can fix it.
Easy peasy, soap and water – you get to live another day.
Not really a game, is it? Or do we all like dicing with death?
Because we all know WHY we wash our hands, don’t we? We all know about germs. We all know about illness. And we’re not so stupid to expose ourselves needlessly to something that will kill us.
Or are we?
So easy, so simple, so how come we NEARLY ALL OF US forget to do it? To wash our hands and take away the risk?
Even doctors – who know the score and how critical it is to saving lives – even they forget to remember, right there in the hospital.
So what hope is there for the rest of us? At the rate we’re going, we’ll all be dead tomorrow.
- 95% of people don’t wash their hands properly.
- 62% of men and 40% of women NEVER wash their hands after the loo.
- Only 12% of people wash their hands before eating.
Suicide or murder?
Yeah, goodbye. It was nice knowing you.
Or are we going to wise up and do something about it?
Because it’s not just ourselves we might kill with our forgetfulness – not just suicide.
The germs on our hands might transfer to other people – or to things other people might touch. So they might die too.
And then it’s murder.
Murder for forgetting to use soap and water?
As we all know, ANY illness can snowball into something worse.
Yet every day we take chances – lucking onto ourselves and others around us such nasties as the common cold, influenza, pneumonia, hepatitis A, gastroenteritis, stomach bugs like salmonella, campylobacter and norovirus, contagious illnesses and MRSA.
What the hell’s wrong with us?
If we get unlucky we could even wind up with brain worms – already more common than any of us would like to think.
So what do we need? A tattoo on our wrists, like on cigarette packs?
NOT WASHING YOUR HANDS KILLS.
Our own worst enemy
Yeah, yeah – so why aren’t we dead already?
Because it’s not the soap and water that protects us from germs. It’s our skin, with its acid mantle – a natural barrier that most bacteria and viruses cannot get through.
They can’t get through – and they don’t always die either. So they just hang around, waiting for a break. Like when they’re rubbed into soft tissue around the eyes or mouth.
Not good. Because most of us have the instinctive habit of touching our faces 2,000 – 3,000 times a day.
Uncomfortable reality, huh?
Because it means most of the ailments and illnesses we come down with are self-inflicted. We touch ourselves all the time with unwashed hands, it’s inevitable we become infected. And it’s just luck of the draw we aren’t dead yet.
A paper cut at the office might be just that, a sore finger for a couple of days that then goes away. Or it might develop into sepsis, an infection where the immune system goes into meltdown and the body attacks itself. Get unlucky and you could be dead in days. And don’t kid yourself it can’t happen. Sepsis kills 44,000 a year in the UK, a really unpleasant way to die.
So what’s the problem?
Is our forgetfulness a death wish?
Or do we forget that dying is something that happens to all of us – so avoiding soap and water is some kind of denial?
Washing our hands won’t kill us. But not washing them might.
A sobering thought next time you’re in your favourite restaurant. How much of a risk will you take? Sure most of the time, you get away with it.
But don’t forget, that could be you on the floor, writhing in agony. And just your luck that the ambulance gets stuck in traffic.
Food poisoning, poppycock! With our shocking hand hygiene, most stomach illnesses can only be self-inflicted – we bring them on ourselves. One finger pointing, three fingers pointing back.
Remember that, next time the cramps get you and you feel like you’re going to die. And remember that one day you will.
Just hope it’s not from silly bugger forgetfulness about soap and water.
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