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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Clean Hands

Doctors learn something in medical school about health that the general public never fully understands; namely, the importance of washing your hands frequently. The physician learns that bacteria adheres to surfaces and that bacteria can live for up to eight days on a doorknob. The fact that someone has a bacterial infection, such as a cold, or a viral infection, such as a flu, means that they can transfer their bacteria to you even if you don't touch them. Doctors also learn that cleaning the hands is the surest way to prevent yourself from becoming infected by bacterial and viral agents. In order to wash thoroughly, open the faucet and let the water run over your hands, scrubbing them with soap; then rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean towel or a hot air dryer.

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