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Clean Hands save Lives
Anna Tutunzhiu
6/5/16
Grant Canyon University
Concepts in Community and Public Health NRS – 427V

Clean Hands Save Lives Clean hands play a major role in disease prevention and health maintenance. Researchers in London estimated that if everyone religiously practices washing their hands, one million of deaths can be prevented every year (CDC, 2013). Washing our hands appropriately before handling food helps to prevent food borne disease outbreaks and illnesses. History states that hand washing for the first time was introduced by Hungarian obstetrician Ignaz P. Semmelweiss in 1847. He demonstrated that hand washing tremendously decreased the infection number in newborns and he tried to introduce this practice to his colleagues, but they got so “offended that they committed him to an insane asylum” (B4 Brands, 2014, p.1). Fortunately, these days, health care representatives can freely increase people’s awareness and encourage individuals to promote healthy behaviors for all ages. Therefore, everyone is entitled to promote their health by practicing proper hand hygiene. According to statistics, 80% of communicable diseases are spread by touching food, and then the mouth, eyes or nose since contaminated hands spread foodborne illnesses: Salmonella, E-Coli, Staph and diarrheal infection (B4 Brands, 2014). The Virginia Department of Health, 2011 states that touching the face with contaminated hands spreads diseases like pneumonia, flu and the cold. It is extremely devastating that approximately 922,000 children died in 2015 of pneumonia and that pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children (WHO, 2015). It is very important to educate children of proper hand hygiene since diarrhea is second most common cause of death in…...

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