Recently I saw an article about germs. People that are germo-phobes do not shake hands. I don't blame them, I have seen you walk out of the bathroom without washing your hands, and you know who you are . Some hygeine practices are just non-existant and poorly done by most people. People have become lax about germs and therefore spreading them abundantly and extensively.
Take money for instance, you find a coin or bill on the floor, do you pick it up, put it in your pocket, kiss it, pass it around, hand it to a homeless person on the street, snort some coke with it, pick up a dead fly with it? I don't know, and neither do you. All I know is that a petri-dish would grow a forrest of bacteria, as well as find drugs embedded in a bill. I will share a nurse story that I personally witnessed. A homeless woman came in to the clinic with the putrid smell of a swamp emanating from her. She had put her money inside her vagina for safe keeping, and the bacterial infection that came of that ,well, I'm just saying was akin to a "stinky twinky."
The other night I was at the theater, and a volunteer usher, had on gloves while she handled the yummy cookies, then with same gloved hands, handled the money for the cookies, and even bragged about how she brought those gloves from home to do her duty. I kindly suggested that she use a napkin, instead, for cookie handling and she graciously accepted my advice.
People sneeze into their hands, then they proceed to hand money over to the person who probably was there to say bless you.
So, this winter season coming soon. I advise and recommend, frequent hand washing, especially from post bathroom trips, money handling, and please kindly sneeze into your elbows not your hands. It is a matter of public health.
With love and hope for a safer world, baynurse!