Dallas County Living Well Magazine March/April 2018 - Page 46

A Serious Look at Handwashing By Gretchen Foster K eeping your hands clean is one of the best preven- tions we can take to keep from becoming ill and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. Most everyone knows this but yet we’ve all seen individuals rushing out of the bathroom without washing their hands. Yikes! How do germs get on to your hands? Feces (yes, poop) from people or animals is a big source of germs like Salmonella, E. coli O157, and norovirus which cause diarrhea, and some respiratory infections like ad- enovirus and hand-foot-mouth disease. Germs like these get onto our hands after people use the toilet, change a diaper, and also after handling raw meats that have invis- ible amounts of animal poop on them. A single gram of human feces (about the weight of a paper clip) can contain one trillion germs. Germs can also get onto our hands if we touch objects that have germs on them because some- one has coughed or sneezed on it or if it was touched by some other contaminated object. When these germs are not cleansed off our hands, they are passed from person to person thus making people sick. Prevention of contamination with handwa [˂\[\[]\\XH[\H\[Y]]\ܛ\H[\ܝ[[ٝ[[\XX]Y\ق[[ݚ[\\ˈ\[\HY][\ܝ[X[KB[[X[ۜX]\N[H\]Y[HXZ\^Y\K[[]]]][X[^[]][\\][HHXZ[\œX˂\\H[\Y[][[[\H[H\\H܈ۜ[YH[K\\[][KBH[YH\\و܈[[XZH[HX˂\\H[\Y[[H[ٙ\Y\ؚXZH[Z[XH܈\[[HۋB[Z\[[[ٙ\Y[\\۸&\š[˂[[ݚ[\\H[\H\[[\[[KB STSH][[XY^[HPT TS N[X\XK\\]ܞH[X[ۜ[X^H[][[[^YH[X[ۜ˂\[[\\[[\[Bܛ X] KZ[[ۈ[[[\HYHو HYHXXYX\HX\X[\X\\[][[ۚXKHš[\و[[[[\[Hܛ [\[]\[XX] H]و]\B[[[[]X]X\XH[[[H]و H[[[[]\\]ܞH[X[ۜZB][[ۚXK[Y[H\[HܛX[Z\[]]\\H]\H\\Z\[ˈ\[š[]\[[ݙ\\\]X[ܙHYX][B[\[YX][ۈ[X\\[[[[\ݙH][[K[\[X\H[YHX^H[[\ݙH[][Y[[YH][˂[\[[]HH\H[[X[Xœ\\[K][[Xۙ\YX\H[[[و[X[X[B\H[HZ[Z][X[X\\[H[][ [\[[][X] HوX\XK\[]YXۙ\\[X] Hو\\]ܞH[X[ۜ KˋK[X[Xٝ[\H\ܚXY[X\\[H܂\HX[\Y\ˈYX[H\و\H[X[ۜ˜H\[[\]Y[H[][Hݙ\\Hق[X[X%H[H[[\ܝ[X܈XY[[KB[X\\[H\[Hܛ [\[[[œ][[HH][X]\\]\H[XYB\\[[X[X[][HYX[X] XX[[HX]H[\ܝ[Hو\[Z\[[[H[H[H\[[KXB[K^HX[K\H[