8) Catching and Spreading Diseases
Colds and flu aren’t the only illnesses you can catch or spread by improper hand washing. Hepatitis A spreads through infected food or water. It infects the liver and symptoms are flu-like and jaundice. It’s also highly contagious. According to the CDC not washing hands with soap and water can also cause the spread of norovirus and some respiratory infections, such as adenovirus and hand-foot-mouth disease. Changing a diaper, handling raw meat or a single gram of human feces can cause enough contamination to make people very sick. Intestinal illness caused by germs and bacteria can last for days and the symptoms can be very taxing on the human body. Dehydration is one of the bi-products, along with fatigue. Epstein Barr virus can be contracted through such bacteria. This is the very same virus which causes mononucleosis, also known as the kissing disease.
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