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But now I cannot do so. This is because nowadays I get to see such behaviour from grown up adults and so-called 'elites' among us.
Recently I attended a couple of social events. One was a relatively big event here the c rod was much.After the core event, there was dinner. It was the traditional multi-course dinner.The moment the main event was over, people just rushed out to the adjacent dinner hall. No one could be seen bothering about washing hands. The crowd was so much that the people who did not get seats in te first batch were literally standing behind those who are seated to take their seats once they finish their dinner. So they also did not wash their hands.
I feel in future the hosts should arrange to pass on a washing bowl among the seated people for the guests to dip their hands and clean it.
In many buffet dinners, as most people are now using spoons and forks it is taken for granted that washing hands is not needed. I could find even not washing their mouth after dinner as they simply rinse their mouth with the water or after dinner soft drinks.
I remember the commotion and opposition people in Kerala had raised some years ago,when a multinational soap manufacturer started a scheme propagating good washing habits among school children. It was then attributed that the scheme was a marketing trick the manufacturer used to increase their sales and e actually not really altruistic . The people then also asked how those who use paper to clean themselves are eligible to 'teach' us washing habits.
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Coming to your main question – washing hands is just one aspect. There are other reasons for the spread of disease –
1. Poor sanitary conditions and living conditions
2. Unavailability of potable water
4. Poor nutrition
5. House flies
The poor live in deplorable conditions. They barely manage two square meals. Buying and using soap to wash hands would be least of their priorities.
As a matter of fact how many literate people wash hands before eating? I don't find easily accessible wash basins in shopping malls. How many wash hands while eating 'golgappa', at a street corner?
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Some people do not follow these and take risk of contamination through hands. When you travel in bus, train or auto you hold steel bars, door handles and other contaminated parts of these public utilities and there are ample chances of tranfering the same to your hands. That is the main reason why we have to wash them.
Doctors invariably wash their hands after examining the patients. That is the precaution against any infection transfer.
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You have put forth very valid points. I had mentioned something similar in an earlier discussion. It was hinted that I suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
I am glad to know that you realise the dangers that lurk, and you share my concern over hygiene. All public places are dirty – there can be no contradiction to that. Germs, bacteria, viruses and body fluids can be harmful even if we do not see them. Most dangerous elements are not visible to the naked eye. I would rather be safe, than sorry.
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There can be more than 1000 bacteria per square inch of your skin. And even more important thing than washing hands is, keeping them dry. Damp hands only aggravate the situation. So always keep some kind of wipes near you.
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