In light of flu season, I feel this is the most appropriate time to post my biggest pet peeve!–Lack of sanitation and respect to cover up one’s own germs from their personal bacteria incubation system, known as the body.
(This is also a How to because this post comes complete with instructions. Yay!)
Why oh whhhhy can’t people WASH their hands and COVER their sneezes and coughs!? I swear it is not hard at all! I cannot count how many times I have seen people in the bathroom come out of a stall and then simply leave the restroom, touching the door and everything after! D: oh gawd!! *quivers seeing it in my head* I’ve even seen people come out of the stall, go over to the sink, place their hands under cold water for about two seconds, then leave. What!? WTF!? What is the point of that!? Come on now! Ahhh. (Men you don’t know how gross women are behind the scenes like in a woman’s bathroom. *gets the heebie jeebies*)
The biggest issue I have is the lack of covering up sneezes and coughs. Why must people unleash their fury of germs upon the world so carelessly? Sneezing and coughing on your hands is a major no-no, but at least it’s better than nothing at all if you wash your hands straight away afterwards and NOT touch the handles with those hands to do so! (elbows are great, just like feet for flushing) Let’s take a look a just how much of the world you are contaminating with just one sneeze/cough, shall we?
(Have to click on video to open in Youtube for this link)
(Speed up to about 30sec if you’d like)
(Watch, learn, be afraid)
Ewwwww gaaaawd. I just want to decontaminate myself after watching those! I sure do hope that scared some people rather it has scared you into covering up, or becoming more aware of what’s being spread from people that don’t. As the last video demonstrates at the end, the very best way to cover up is with your elbow. (elbow to the rescue again!) For me, I have freakishly long arms, and to get to my elbow in a quick enough time to cover up thoroughly is rough, so I normally go for my shoulder with my mouth so pressed in, that when I sneeze, it can hardly be heard. When I feel a sneeze coming on or know I’m going to be coughing, then I push my mouth into my elbow. Not only does those methods conceal the germs, it prevents a spread of them. If you were to use your hands, then you’ll be touching everything and making the spread of the germs even worse and more widespread!!! (NO the fist method is no different) I do absolutely everything to make sure I conceal my coughs and sneezes. As gross as it is, I’ll even do it inside my shirt, lifting the collar snuggly above my nose, because the nose releases germs, too. That’s only if my sleeves happen to be dirty or something.
Now, going over washing hands. It’s like teaching toddlers! Geesh. Use warm, running water with a good soap. (Try to save water as you lather your hands). You should be washing your hands for a good, solid, thirty seconds. Sing the alphabet twice at a good pace if you really have to. When washing your hands, take the opportunity to stay as clean as possible by washing past your wrists a little, too. Finally, dry wish a clean towel. Thanks to the people that do not wash their hands, especially after the bathroom, try avoiding opening the door with clean hands. Open it with the towel you used before throwing it away, or for me, I have small arms, so I usually put my arm through the handle and use my forearm. Be creative and germ-free.
Finally, this is combined with another pet peeve all on its own, but I’ll be short about it. STOP SPITTING. Not only is it gross to see and hear and step in, it’s also a spread of germs. It’s absolutely disgusting. Sometimes I understand the dire need to spit with a bad taste in the mouth or something, but find a toilet then, and neatly contain it within the bowl and flush. The people that do it out of habit need slapped and I automatically give all people, especially guys the worlds’ dirtiest look when I see them do it, and usually give an appalled comment of disapprovement.
I really shouldn’t have had to go this in depth, or even had to write about it. It’s common sense, really, but of course the world is lacking that, sadly. I wish to be like the Asians that walk around wearing masks. Smart people. I’ll be the next one doing that, especially working on an ambulance. Whatever the patients have, we’re guaranteed to have next. It’s swell. Just like how I got sick for the first time in about eight years. Grand.
Some tips to end this all: Always wash your hands. If someone sneezes or coughs openly, duck and cover like an atomic bomb is being dropped, and instruct them how to do it properly. Always keep surfaces and commonly touched items sanitized in offices, classrooms, cars, and homes. Keep stuff from the outside world of infectious diseases and germs off places like countertops and tables. Keep hand sanitizer with you always in case you are unable to wash your hands, but don’t over use it if you have the option for soap and water! Lastly, I feel that if every time a man decides to spit and he gets kicked in the nuts, he’ll learn it’s a bad habit. Ladies? Who’s in on that? Pleeeease? *sad face with puppy eyes*
It’s a sick, sick world and as usual, we are the ones to be blamed for it. The spread of germs and viruses and such could be dropped significantly if we all would just try a little.