🍎 Today’s Health Tip ~ Which is Better: Hand Sanitizer or Hand Washing?

Hand Sanitizers Versus Handwashing

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

Why? Soap and water are more effective than hand sanitizers at removing certain kinds of germs, like Cryptosporidiumnorovirus, and Clostridium difficile1-5. Although alcohol-based hand sanitizers can inactivate many types of microbes very effectively when used correctly 1-15, people may not use a large enough volume of the sanitizers or may wipe it off before it has dried 14Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

Why? Many studies show that hand sanitizers work well in clinical settings like hospitals, where hands come into contact with germs but generally are not heavily soiled or greasy 16. Some data also show that hand sanitizers may work well against certain types of germs on slightly soiled hands 17,18. However, hands may become very greasy or soiled in community settings, such as after people handle food, play sports, work in the garden, or go camping or fishing. When hands are heavily soiled or greasy, hand sanitizers may not work well 3,7,16. Handwashing with soap and water is recommended in such circumstances.

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Today’s Smile 😃

Sam walks into his boss’s office and says, ‘Sir, I’ll be straight with you, I know the economy isn’t great, but I have over three companies after me, and I would like to respectfully ask for a raise.’

After a few minutes of haggling the boss finally agrees to a 5% raise, and Sam happily gets up to leave.

‘By the way,’ asks the boss, ‘Which three companies are after you?’

Sam answers, ‘The electric company, water company, and phone company!’


Today’s Poem ~ The Tomb and the Rose

The Tomb and the Rose

Victor Hugo

The tomb asked of the rose:
"What dost thou with the tears, which dawn
Sheds on thee every summer morn,
Thou sweetest flower that blows?"
The rose asked of the tomb:
"What dost thou with the treasures rare,
Thou hidest deep from light and air,
Until the day of doom?"

The rose said: "Home of night,
Deep in my bosom, I distil
Those pearly tears to scents, that fill
The senses with delight."
The tomb said: "Flower of love,
I make of every treasure rare,
Hidden so deep from light and air,
A soul for heaven above!"

🌞 Today’s Inspiration ~ Be Happy

“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.” ~ Walt Whitman

👊 Today’s Power Thought ~ Strength

I’m a rock. I’m strong. I can handle anything that comes my way.

🤗 Feel Good Hack ~ Start Counting

Count Your Blessings

Write down everything that’s good in your life. When you make an effort to look on the bright side, it helps you stay focused on the positive.


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