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We all know the exercise: After using the bathroom, wash your hands Convinced that you have skipped this important post-pee step from the comfort of your own home (some reports indicate that only 66 percent of people in public toilets (19459011]) have turned up.
And hey, you may even have some logic behind your decision to do without washing at home: you're only concerned with your own germs and the germs of your partner you're probably immune to anyway
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The answer is not so easy, says Philip Tierno, Ph.D., a microbiologist at New York University's Langone Medical Center.
Here's the reason: First is the average age A man almost half human, half a microbe – a conglomerate of 30 trillion human cells and 39 trillion bacterial cells. On the one hand, you are used to these native germ cells, including your germ bud. "The body's immune system accepts these germs as" self, "confirms Tierno.
Even more, you, your partner, and your family are probably carrying similar micro-organisms as you're constantly moving your germs back and forth – which means you've probably got used to their germs as well.
But that's not it. I can say that you can skip the hand wash at home or that you will never get sick from your own germs or from your partners. While most of these bacterial cells live in the gut, even cutting or scratching your own bacteria may be against you. Take Staphylococcus aureus, a type of bacterium that carries about one-third of healthy people in their noses, throats, or on their skin. If your immune system is weakened, or if this bacterium enters your body through a cut or open wound, it can lead to an infection – an important case for doing the dishes in the bathroom.
Another reason why you should not skip washing dishes at home? You probably do not spend whole days in the apartment. "You carry a variety of germs with a whole range of people, objects and events that you experienced during your day," says Tierno.
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So at the time you are orbiting In your own bathroom your hands are probably an absolute mucus bucket with all the germs that you get from elevator buttons, countertops, coins, handrails, door knobs and other surfaces. And at this time of year, you could include a lot of breakaways in your daily work, such as cold and flu viruses.
And that's not just a risk for you. If you do not wash your dirty paws at home, you risk spreading those germs and the bad colds that come with your family (and anyone else entering your home). Plus, washing hands – no matter where you are – is ultimately the selfless thing: your colleagues are not immune to the germs in your bathroom, so washing your hands also protects them.
Already a while? Here is a little primer.
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – about the length of the song that Happy Birthday sang twice, Tierno recommends. Be sure to scrub both sides of your hands, between your fingers and under your nail beds (because they are probably pretty disgusting anyway).
You do not have soap on hand? That's no excuse to skip the ritual. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Use a small jerkin the size of a quarter-enough to wet your hands-and let him work his magic, let it air-dry, Tierno says. Now? Time for Amazon Hand Soap and Bathroom Sanitizer (yes, now).