“Gross” Hygiene Habits

Have you been listening to, or reading the news today about hand washing?  It’s gross!! One in five Australians admit they do not always wash their hands after going to the toilet.

The Food Safety Information Council says research shows only one in five Australians admit they do not always wash their hands after going to the toilet and almost two in five don’t always wash their hands before touching food.

Food Safety Information Council spokeswoman Lydia Buchtmann warned bad hand washing habits increased the risk of food poisoning and spreading viruses.

Hand washing is an essential public health message to reduce food poisoning from bacteria like E.coli and Salmonella, and also viral infections like Norovirus which causes vomiting and diarrhoea, as well as colds and flu,” Ms Buchtmann said in the Herald Sun.

Hands should be washed with soap for at least 20 seconds; rinsed well under running water; and dried thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Experts say hands should always be washed and dried before handling, preparing and eating food, and after touching raw meat, fish, eggs or chicken; using the toilet; changing nappies; blowing your nose; and touching a pet.

Cancer and cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and stem cell/bone marrow transplantation, often weaken the immune system making it harder for your body to fight off infections. One of the best ways to keep yourself from getting sick is to keep your hands clean. Wash your hands with soap and water. Be bold. Don’t be afraid to ask your family, friends, visitors, doctors, and nurses to wash their hands too. You cannot afford anyone near you, preparing food for you or handling your medications to forget.

It’s that simple. If soap and water are not available have plenty of hand sanitiser close by. We’ve popped a Goat Soap and purse size Thank you hand sanitiser in our Kit for Cancer case to carry around in your bag at all times to help with the fight!

#washhands #germs #grosshygienehabits soapandwater #handsanitiser #preventgerms #cancer #cancerpatient #TheKitfoundation #kitforcancer


Betty Whitehurst

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