Hand Washing

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Submitted By Styndawg
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Robert Steinlage
Persuasive Essay
12/02/2014

The most important thing you will ever do!

Not washing your hands properly can cause you, or someone else to get very sick, or even die. How would you feel if someone you know or love died because of someone else not taking the time to wash their hands properly? Most people are unaware of the importance of washing their hands. Many infectious diseases are spread through direct or indirect contact. During my studies as an Emergency Medical Technician I learned the true importance of always washing your hands properly. Keeping your hands clean can prevent the chance of spreading diseases. According to a study conducted by the American Society of Microbiology, most people do not wash their hands as often as they say they do. This study found that 97 percent of females and 92 percent of males say that they wash their hand regularly. However, only 75 percent of females and 58 percent of males are actually washing their hands as much as they should.
Just because you can’t see germs, it does not mean they are not there. Bacteria and viruses are microscopic organisms that can be transmitted via your hands. Germs can be passed through direct or indirect contact. Direct contact is inhaling someone else’s illness through their coughs and sneezes. Indirect contact occurs when you touch a germy surface like a door handle and then touch your nose, eyes, mouth, or someone else’s hands. Viruses can live on hard surfaces for days, to even weeks just waiting to be touched and spread. One of the most common viruses that can be transmitted by not washing your hands properly are the Noroviruses. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that each year more than 20 million cases of acute gastroenteritis are caused by noroviruses. This means that 1 in every 15 Americans will be infected with norovirus each year.…...

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