Is Monk on to something?

I just read this:

It takes warm water, soap, and 20 seconds of scrubbing to rid then of cold and flu germs. PS.: While 95% of people say they wash their hands after using a public restroom, only 67% actually do –yikes! Of that group just 33% use soap, and only 16% wash their hands long enough to make it count.

Only 16% of people that “think” they wash their hands after using a public restroom do it well enough to have any affect.

Maybe Monk’s faniticism makes sense…

Marc A. Pitman

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  1. Janice

    I think Monk is correct.

    If you sing the Happy Birthday song while you wash your hands it is just about long enough to kill the germs.


  2. Marc

    Thanks Janice!

    I’ve heard that too. I’ve heard it’s even better to use something like Purell. Hand washing makes the germs slippery and slide off. Purell actually kills the germs. (That’s what one of our educators here told me!)

    ‘Course, you could probably just dip your hands in rubbing alcohol too!

  3. CactusFreek

    The water has to be warm, and the soap has to work up to a lather. Lathered soap by itself won’t kill the germs. Neither will warm water. But together they are real germ killers!

    When i go grocery shopping, i always think about what was on the millions of hands that pushed that shopping cart before me. It’s soooo gross!

  4. Janice

    Purell is a good temporary solution when you don’t have warm water and soap. In my training for CRMA we are taught to be sure to wash our hands as soon as possible after using Purell.

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