March 01, 2002
Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts March 2002 Current Issue
March 2002
Short Cuts:

Wash your hands!

It’s worth repeating: The most effective way to ward off illness is to be diligent about hand washing.

Apparently, some folks either don’t care or aren’t listening. The Centers for Disease Control ( estimates that an alarming one out of every three people do not wash their hands after using the rest room.

In addition to colds, more serious diseases such as hepatitis A and meningitis are easily spread through simple contact such as a handshake.

Washing with soap and water is still the easiest and cheapest way to stay germ free. All it takes is 10-15 seconds of vigorous scrubbing, making sure to get between fingers and under the nails.

The only caveat: Some studies indicate that public rest rooms might harbor more germs on the faucet or paper towel dispenser than you might already have on your hands. One solution: Carry an over-the-counter hand sanitizer. These alcohol-based solutions effectively kill up to 99.99 percent of bacteria, according to the CDC, and they come in a variety of scents.

• Eric Enright

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