When I was in the hospital I noticed they had hand sanitizer in a dispenser right at the door with a sign to use it. Most everyone who came into my room used it. Then I was talking to someone one day about the H1N1 flu and they told me they take hand sanitizer with them everywhere they go and use it all the time. Now I’d heard of this before and I’ve used it a few times but I’m just one of those people who want to use as hot of water as I can stand with LOTS of good old fashioned soap. I just don’t feel as clean without doing that. In my mind I know that’s probably just my imagination but there’s nothing to me like a good old fashioned hand washing.
This was on the news on Good Question Monday night and I wanted to see what you all had to say about it. It pretty much tells us that when used correctly, hand sanitizer can kill the H1N1 virus and a lot of other germs. The flu virus can survive on your hand for only 5 minutes and it depends what you do with your hand in that 5 minutes after being in contact with the virus that’s what’s important. A lot of us touch our face or rub our eyes or touch our nose or something. The virus can survive on a shiny surface like a door knob for 1 to 2 days.
I guess to be honest I’m not all that concerned about getting this new strain of flu. I don’t want to get any kind of flu. Or cold or sore throat or any other illness. I hate being sick but I’m protecting myself right now in just the same way I always would have in the past. I haven’t “stepped” it up in any way. If I’m gonna get sick, I’m gonna get sick and I’ll try and keep my hands clean and keep wiping the tv remotes, phone, computer keyboards and mice all wiped down with Clorox wipes every few days but I do that anyway. I wonder how many people are overly paranoid about this H1N1.
I did hear that you have to rub that sanitizer on your hands until it’s dry or it’s ineffective. I also heard you should tell kids to sing the WHOLE ABC song while washing their hands and that should do the trick to getting all the germs off. I’ve started humming that to myself and can’t seem to stop doing it!
Where do you stand? Do you obsess about your hands being clean? Are you still protecting yourself the same way you did before or have you really “stepped” it up?