Actually it kills more than 100,000 people in the US every single year.

A lot of attention has been produced around the announcement by Pete Hegseth the host of Fox & Friends that he has not washed his hands for ten years because “germs are not a real thing – I can’t see them, therefore they’re not real”. What might be a better question to ask has been expressed in an article on The Guardian website, which asked “What would be on your hands if you hadn’t washed them for 10 years?”

The report by Paula Cocozza, appropriately focuses on the way that restorative specialists are not inspired. That likely could be a critical modest representation of the truth.

By way of example, Ms Cocozza quotes Professor Val Curtis of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who listed E coli, norovirus and salmonella as being germs that “hitchhike on hands”.

“Hands are the most important vector of infectious diseases” she added.

This is not an etiquette issue

The most telling opinion in the article comes from Professor Curtis, who is quoted as saying

“It is antisocial not to wash hands… It puts other people at risk of sickness.” This is not an etiquette issue, she says.  “This is a moral issue.”

The World Health Organization in it’s Global HandwashingDay campaiginformation document, quotes Dr Edward Kelley, Director, Service Delivery and Safety, WHO as saying,

“Health care-associated infection is such a big problem, we need to focus the world on something that is truly actionable and can save many, many lives. This action is hand hygiene, a flagship element of WHO’s patient safety work.”

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