Germs don’t discriminate; illness and disease can impact anyone. That’s why everyone—no matter their age, race or sex—should get into the habit of regular handwashing. Doing so could very well save lives.
According to the CDC, proper handwashing can reduce diarrheal disease-related deaths by as much as 50%. Too, it can lower the risk of respiratory infections by nearly 20%. Although it might cost a few extra moments each day, no doubt you’d agree that the benefits are immense.
Keeping clean hands is certainly important in a variety of day-to-day situations. Let’s consider just two instances in which hand washing deserves special attention, though.
Habits that develop in childhood are hard to change later in life. In other words, a child who is not taught the importance of good hygiene early on will always have a greater risk of illness. The opposite is also true. That’s why it’s so important for parents to teach their children both when and how to wash their hands.
Kids should be verbally reminded to keep their hands clean, especially:
Take opportunities to explain, in an age-appropriate way, the dangers of the bacteria that exist in every household, which can spread easily. These bacteria include E. coli, salmonella, and staphylococcus, all of which can result in serious illness.
By establishing regular hand washing as part of everyday life, you set your child up for success. Hand washing will remain a part of their routines and, in turn, protect them against the germs and bacteria that exist and thrive in schools, offices, and other public places.
If you are an employer, it’s your responsibility to reinforce the necessity of hand washing.
After all, you do know how important that practice is. Therefore, it’s up to you to post signs in common areas and remind employees of its importance during team meetings.
Most jobs involve regular contact with others. Opportunities for germ transmission are limitless, since just about every surface in a typical workplace is touched by dozens of people every day.
That’s not to mention jobs that require contact with the public, such as retail and food service. Such jobs introduce even more contaminated objects into the picture such as cash. In restaurants, diners trust that kitchen staff are taking proper safety precautions and washing their hands. When employees don’t do so regularly, it can result in food poisoning, which leads to several thousand deaths per year.
One thing’s for sure: Exposure to germs on the job is inevitable. Without ensuring that everyone’s hands are kept clean, it becomes that much easier for germs to spread.
The consequences of not washing your hands cannot be emphasized enough.The difference between clean and germy hands can mean the difference between good health and devastating illness...or worse.
Bacteria, disease, and the effects of bad hygiene may be a bit scary to think about. The positive thing, though is that you have a measure of control over your health and well-being. So take control! Develop a good routine of hand washing and encourage others to do the same. In doing this, you’ll protect yourself and others from harm.
The thyroid is a small H-shaped gland located at the base of the neck. It’s situated between the cartilages of the larynx, also known as the voice box. While it’s not impressive in size, it is impressive when you consider the essential functions it fuels.
What are some of these functions? Even more important, what are some common problems that disrupt the way it works? Last but not least, how can you avoid those issues and keep this important gland in working order?
Did you know that more than 3 million people in the U.S. alone have glaucoma?
Did you know that by 2030, that number is expected to rise by nearly 60%?
Did you know that an individual with glaucoma can lose as much as 40% of their sight without even noticing?
Those facts alone answer the question, “Why is raising glaucoma awareness so important?” How can this eyesight thief be stopped if, on a grand scale, most don’t know that it poses a threat to them? Consider the following important facts to get you started on the road to increased awareness of this disease.
You know the signs. Your child keeps pulling at his or her ear in discomfort. There’s pus or fluid draining from the ear. You notice trouble hearing, sleeping and perhaps even balancing. The ear discomfort usually follows or happens at the same time as other symptoms like sore throat, cough, and runny nose. They’re unusually fussy and have even come down with a fever.
These are all possible symptoms of the dreaded ear infection, which keeps many parents up at night as they try to care for their uncomfortable little ones. Have you ever wondered what causes these infections or if they can be prevented? Furthermore, what’s the best way to care for a suffering child? Wonder no more.