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Health workers may not be using hand sanitizer properly

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I remember reading a report stating hand sanitisers do more harm they good because they also remove the good bacteria from your hands. Personally, I use the sanitisers regularly and have not had influenza in nearly two decade of working in Japanese high schools and colleges.

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I remember reading a report stating hand sanitisers do more harm they good because they also remove the good bacteria from your hands

In cases like this it has no importance, the hands are not the door for the pathogens to enter but just the transport that take them to the real entrances like the face. The "good bacteria" have no role in this transport mechanism so their complete obliteration would have no consequence.

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virusrex - In cases like this it has no importance, the hands are not the door for the pathogens to enter but just the transport that take them to the real entrances like the face. The "good bacteria" have no role in this transport mechanism so their complete obliteration would have no consequence.

(rolls eyes!)

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You should also use the alcohol sanitiser BEFORE washing your hands not after. Using it on wet hands only dilutes its effectiveness.

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I can say roughly 50% of workers wash their hands after urinating, and only 10% use soap (personal observation, male washrooms)

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Zack in my workplace its less than 50%. For some reason quite a few wash their hands before urinating. I’ve witnesses at least two who don’t wash after sit downs....

and of course the toilet door opens inwards... so everyone has to touch the handle.

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Today, one of the Japanese nursery teachers, at my international preschool/kindergarten, dropped some plastic spoons onto the floor of the kitchen (which are used by staff and possibly some children who've forgotten their cutlery). She quickly washed the one she wanted to use with water, and put the other ones back into the zip-loc bag with all of the "clean" spoons, without washing them.

As soon as she left, I used soap and water and washed and dried the lot of them. I didn't tell the Japanese staff, because in my experience, staff such schools or day care centres think such behaviour is fine and might complain to a manager about my complaints...

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For some reason quite a few wash their hands before urinating.

I've wondered which is more effective, before or after. If contaminated hands are the main vector, then before is perhaps better. Perhaps before and after, just to be sure.

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The 'other' 50% pretend to wash their hands when using the toilet stalls.

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The 'other' 50% pretend to wash their hands when using the toilet stalls.

Who knows, maybe they really are washing their hands inside the toilet stalls. Their hands must stink though

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