20 Things you Didn’t Know About… Hygiene

20 Things you Didn’t Know About… Hygiene

 20 Things you Didn’t Know About… Hygiene Cleanliness is serious business; dirty hands killed a U.S. president. 1  “Hygiene” comes from Hygieia, the Greek goddess of health, cleanliness, and . . . the moon. Ancient Greek gods apparently worked double shifts. 2  The human body is home to some 1,000 species of bacteria. There are more germs on your body than people in the United States. 3  Not tonight dear, I just washed my hands: Antibacterial soap is no more effective at preventing infection than regular soap, and triclosan (the active ingredient) can mess with your sex hormones. 4  Save the germs! A study of over 11,000 children determined that an overly hygienic environment increases the risk of eczema and asthma. 5  Monks of the Jain Dharma (a minority religion in India) are forbidden to bathe any part of their bodies besides the hands and feet, believing the act of bathing might jeopardize the lives of millions of microorganisms. 6  It’s a good thing they’re monks. 7  Soap gets its name from the mythological Mount Sapo. Fat and wood ash from animal sacrifices there washed into the Tiber River, creating a rudimentary cleaning agent that aided women doing their washing. 8  Ancient Egyptians and Aztecs rubbed urine on their skin to treat cuts and burns. Urea, a key chemical in urine, is known to kill fungi and bacteria. 9  In a small victory for cleanliness, England’s medieval King Henry IV required his knights to bathe at least once in their lives—during their ritual knighthood ceremonies. 10  That’s their excuse, anyway: Excrement dumped out of windows into the streets in 18th-century London contaminated the city’s water supply and forced...
who’s not washing their hands

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Hygiene vs Social Media

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Hygiene and your hands

THE FACTS ABOUT HAND WASHING 80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch “Touch” refers primarily to the touching of food, or the touching of one’s own mouth, eyes, and nose. It is not simply person-to-person contact. Touching food with contaminated hands spreads foodborne illnesses like Salmonella, E. Coli, Staph, and diarrheal infection. Proper handwashing can reduce diarrhea rates by 40%. Diarrhea remains the second most common cause of childhood death Touching the face with contaminated hands spreads illnesses like pneumonia, the cold, and the flu. Proper handwashing can reduce respiratory infections by close to 20%. Pneumonia remains the number one cause of childhood death The most critical times for hand washing are before preparing food and after going to the bathroom. Only 20% of people wash their hands before preparing food Less than 75% of women and less than 50% of men wash their hands after going to the bathroom Every time a toilet is flushed with the lid up, a fine mist containing bacteria such as E. Coli and Staph is spread over an area of 6 square meters. The area around sinks in public bathrooms is 90% covered in such bacteria. The recommended washing time is 15 seconds. The ideal washing time is 30 seconds.  For every 15 seconds spent washing hands, 10 times more bacteria is removed. The average person spends less than 10 seconds washing their hands 30 seconds of using hand sanitizer kills as much bacteria as 2 full minutes of handwashing Most of the bacteria on our hands are on the fingertips and under the nails The number of bacteria on our...
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