When should we wash our hands?
Washing your hands is still the absolute best way for the average person to prevent illness. The doorknob you touch as you enter your school or workplace is a breeding ground for viruses. You may have to go through a few doors to get to your classroom or office…and then you touch your face or rub your eyes, and voila – the virus on that doorknob is now on you. If the viral load is beyond our current ability to fight it, then we get sick.
Can you believe that there was a time in hospitals where surgeons smoked while performing surgery, did not
wear a mask or gloves, and the surgical tools were not sanitized? Even a kindergartener nowadays
understands that germs live on our skin, hands, and face. In medieval times, when someone died from complications due to surgery, they would blame it on spirits or bad mojo. Modern science has since taught us about viruses, bacteria, and other microscopic organisms thanks to the invention of the microscope.
Wash your hands…
- When you wake up in the morning
- After using the washroom
- Before you eat anything
- Before you start working in the kitchen
- Before martial arts class
- After martial arts class
- Before visiting grandparents
- After visiting a hospital
- After being at the doctor’s office
- Whenever you come home from being at the mall
- When you come home from school/work.
- After you blow your nose (whenever possible)
- Before picking up a baby
- After petting an animal
- After visiting a petting zoo or farm
- When someone in your family is sick
- Whenever your hands feel dirty