9) Antibiotic Resistance
The single most important factor in eliminating or reducing antibiotic resistance is proper hand washing. Reducing infection by proper hand washing leads to less need for antibiotic usage. Lack of hand washing, according to the CDC, is the leading cause of an antibiotic resistant super-bug. They further state, hand washing can prevent illnesses and germs which are already resistant to antibiotics. These diseases are very difficult to treat and affects people worldwide. This is especially true in countries in the world which don’t have access to clean running water. For those of us who do, there’s no excuse for not washing your hands often and properly. It’s the main defense you have against catching germs and spreading them to others. It’s also the reason you see signs in restaurants and other public restrooms which state “employees must wash hands before returning to work.”
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