An observation. Over the last several months, as recently as an hour ago, I have noticed that more and more men (because I’m not inspecting the women’s restroom…) are not washing their hands after taking care of business. Are y’all stupid or is there something I am missing?
What Drives People To Skip Washing Their Hands?
We’ve been through a pandemic (and with the recent huge spike in COVID-19 cases, pandemic may still be a better label than endemic) that at the very least should have taught us that proper hygiene, including washing our hands often, is critical. Beyond coronavirus, cold, flu, and other sickness is at least partially avoidable by frequently washing your hands. Don’t want to get sick? Start by washing your hands.
This was something drilled into me since I was young and it always struck me as common sense, like wearing a seat belt. But just like many do not like seat belts, I am observing more and more men–both young and old–using a public restroom facility and then just walking out.
I can cite the CDC, Mayo Clinic, and a number of scientific studies that make a strong case for washing your hands, but as we enter cold and flu season and likely a lot more corona cases, just take the extra 30 seconds to wash your hands with warm soap and water. It’s not a hard concept.
It particularly made me chuckle that the guy I saw today in the lounge who took a leak and then walked right out was wearing an N95 mask. Like seriously?
Some things are annoying…like flossing your teeth…but you better do it or you will eventually find yourself with receding gum lines and halitosis. Yuck. Same thing applies to washing your hands: just invest the few extras seconds to do it. You won’t regret it!
Do it for yourself. Do it for others. But do wash your hands often and least after you use the toilet…