Swine Flu and Superbugs Running Rampant? Blame Men

Amy Kuras
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handwashingStep into any single guy's apartment and you'll see proof of this: men are grosser than women. I cannot begin to tell you the horrors I encountered one evening several years ago, stopping at my boyfriend's place to use the bathroom on my way somewhere (he wasn't expecting me, so he hadn't cleaned up). I married him anyway, but, YUCK.

And this is really, majorly gross: Almost all women, 93 percent, wash their hands after using a public bathroom. Only 77 percent of men do. Yes, ladies, the hands of the man making your sandwich or opening the door for you were quite possibly recently holding his junk with no lathering up in between.

Skipping the hand washing is not only gross and unsanitary, it's kind of dangerous, too.

We're heading into cold and flu season, and everything, and I mean everything, you read tells you to wash your hands frequently to avoid getting sick. After my family's bout of MRSA (the superbug staph infection) and a recent Round Two for my daughter and I that landed me in ER with IV antibiotics, I've been lathering up even more frequently.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are pushing for more handwashing with their "Clean Hands Save Lives" campaign. It recommends people wash their hands:

  • Before and after preparing food
  • Before and after eating food
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • Before and after tending to someone who is sick
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After handling an animal or animal waste
  • After handling garbage
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound. 

These seem kind of like no-brainers to me ... but then I have two X chromosomes.Guys of the world, if you're reading this? Man up and soap up. It takes two minutes and can keep you from getting really sick. Or at least from getting pee all over my sandwich.

Are you conscientious about washing your hands?

 

Image via Cristina Chirtes/Flickr

 

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