Washing your hands at Pierce College

The bathrooms at Pierce College may be a cause for custodial concern, but according to Pierce College students, a bigger problem on the rise is the lack of personal hygiene after using the restroom with students not washing their hands.

While the bathrooms have had their fair share of foot traffic, some students seem to be missing a key element in their restroom adventure — washing their hands.

Students that spoke with the Roundup said that they felt some people are just lazy and dirty and another said the bathrooms are really dirty and people don’t care about flushing toilets, so why wash their hands.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that hand washing is a key element in containing any outbreaks of diseases and prevention of other illnesses.  Hand washing is also a crucial role in control efforts of diseases like the flu and common colds.

The CDC reports proper hand washing techniques:

-Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.

-Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well — be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

-Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

-Rinse your hands well under running water.

-Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.

The students at Pierce may have less control over whether or not the bathrooms have toilet paper, but they do have the choice to keep their hands clean and free from spreading germs unnecessarily to other students.

For more information regarding proper hand washing techniques and etiquette please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/features/handwashing