Washing your hands to kill bacteria

Health Spotlight from Jonathan Pittard

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Did you know that we carry around 1,500 bacteria on each square centimeter of the skin on our hands, and even more under our finger nails? Many of these bacteria are picked up when we touch surfaces such as door handles, cell phones, pencils, pens, and other common school room supplies. What’s even worse, some of these bacteria can live up to three hours on our hands (Davidson Washroom, 2017). Did you also know that because people frequently touch their eyes, nose and mouths, these germs can enter into our…

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A Story On Vaccines

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It’s late on a Tuesday night when I get a call from a patient’s family member. Their father, now in his late 70’s, is having hard time breathing. He can’t lie down flat anymore to sleep at night. He has used oxygen at night for years and now needs CPAP (a machine that helps air be moved into your lungs while you sleep) just to fall asleep. I ask them to take him to the ER, but I have little hope. Unfortunately, there is little I or anyone else can…

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