Please wash your hands

Sep 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Columns, Opinions

By Joel Hahs

Refuse to wash them? Then stick em in your pocket. Keep your filthy hands away from my school!

I have noticed many Missouri State students feel it unnecessary to wash their hands after using the restroom. This is also a problem to those who are around individuals that do not wash. I would think that the H1N1 flu virus and various signs at just about every public restroom in America would be sufficient enough to get people to wash their hands. Apparently for many, the message is lost.bathroom

Men in particular do not seem to find it worthwhile to wash up after urinating. This is an extremely grotesque habit. Based on my own informal observations, I would say as many as one-third of Missouri State men do not wash their hands after hitting the john. I am unable to speculate on the number of women who practice this, and I don’t want to go to jail for investigating.

The hygiene message should be nothing new. After all, I would guess you might have learned this from your parents, or at least your preschool teacher. The message was drilled into me through my entire elementary school experience. Was my experience unique? I doubt it.

Some people on campus undoubtedly practice good hygiene, and I applaud you for it. But for those who don’t, let me thank you for being the proliferators of many germs and viruses.

You are causing others to come down with various ailments of which you yourself may never become ill. A recent study at the University of Colorado found more than 4700 different bacteria species on 51 sets of hands. Yuck.

You wouldn’t intentionally run people over with your car, would you? Well, when you don’t wash your hands, you’re pretty much doing the same thing. Those who disagree haven’t come down with the flu lately.

Show some respect. Next time you hit the john, take the extra fifty seconds and wash your hands properly. If not for yourself, then do it for others.

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