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View Poll Results: How many times per day do you wash your hands?
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Old 02-26-07, 09:29 AM   #1
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How many times per day do you wash your hands?

Hygiene survey.
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Old 02-26-07, 09:51 AM   #2
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As many times as I need to to be quite honest. If that is once or 20 I guess that is what I do.
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Alot, There are a ton of unhealthy people in my office so I don't want to get sick from them.
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Old 02-26-07, 09:56 AM   #4
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How do you get your hands dirty?

Do you get them dirty dirty? Or just germy dirty?
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I voted 9+. If I leave my desk I use hand sanitizer when I return (which I count as washing).
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I wouldn't say that mine are dirty but I just want to keep them germ-free
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Old 02-26-07, 10:06 AM   #7
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How do you get your hands dirty?

Reminds me of the old Harvard/Yale (or Army/Navy, or any two rivalries du jour) joke:

A Harvard fan & a Yale fan are standing side by side at the urinals in the Men's Room at the big game. Upon finishing his business, the Yale man zips up and proceeds towards the exit. The Harvard man scoffs and announces loudly "You know, at Harvard they teach us to wash our hands after urinating."

The Yale man replies "At Yale they teach us not to piss on our hands."
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I am easily into double figures.

When I cook anything at home have always been in the habit of if you touch raw meat etc wash your hands.
Before I eat I wash my hands, I eat 6 times day so I wash my hands everytime.

Bathroom trips wash my hands.

Soon adds up to double figures easily.
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I always wash my hands. I'm surprised I still have skin left.
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Old 02-26-07, 10:15 AM   #10
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1 less than the number of times i go to the bathroom each day
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Before/after every meal and after every trip to the bathroom, and whenever else they need it. Easily a dozen times a day I would think.
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Depends on how often I use the restroom, I suppose.
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I don't worry too much about germs, but the nasty chemicals I use in the lab encourage pretty regular hand washing.

How can you tell the difference between an organic chemist and a molecular biologist?

The chemist washes his hands before going to the restroom. The biologist afterward.

Why?

The chemist is concerned about protecting himself from his experiments. The biologist is concerned about protecting his experiments from him.
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interesting sidenote: people with guilty consciences tend to wash their hands more than people with clear consiences. kinda like with macbeth
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Alot, There are a ton of unhealthy people in my office so I don't want to get sick from them.
+1. We've also got a lot of immune-compromised and otherwise unhealthy clients where I work. I don't want to get sick and I sure don't want to get anyone HIV+ sick, either.
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I don't worry too much about germs, but the nasty chemicals I use in the lab encourage pretty regular hand washing.

How can you tell the difference between an organic chemist and a molecular biologist?

The chemist washes his hands before going to the restroom. The biologist afterward.

Why?

The chemist is concerned about protecting himself from his experiments. The biologist is concerned about protecting his experiments from him.
Haha...

I've heard the army/navy and harvard/yale one before, but still funny.

Usually everytime I go to the bathroom unless I'm in a rush I wash, plus before lunch at work and before preparing dinner at home.
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I've gotten in the habit of doing it quite a bit. This habit spawned at work, because I had the feeling of cutting fluid or oil in general on my hands. So I wash my hands probably 3x a day at work alone. Plus once before lunch
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Hmm, a reason to question voting in this poll?
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A recent national survey conducted by Wirthlin Worldwide found that 95% of the respondents say they always wash their hands after going to the bathroom. However, observations in public restrooms indicate the rate to be much lower. In New York City males only washed their hands 43% of the time and females 54%. Across all cities women did better outscoring men 75% versus 58%. So remember others may not be as clean as you think.
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I try to wash my hands at least once every three days (including showers).
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Hi atomship-

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1 less than the number of times i go to the bathroom each day
Your handwashing should be at least equivalent to the number of times you use the bathroom. Realistically, it should be more for sake of hygiene.

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I wash my hands when they need it (after the bathroom, before eating, when they're dirty, etc.) If I can't actually wash them, I use the hand sanitizer.

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A recent national survey conducted by Wirthlin Worldwide found that 95% of the respondents say they always wash their hands after going to the bathroom. However, observations in public restrooms indicate the rate to be much lower. In New York City males only washed their hands 43% of the time and females 54%. Across all cities women did better outscoring men 75% versus 58%. So remember others may not be as clean as you think.
That doesn't surprise me. I've seen so many guys run out of the public bathroom after doing their business without washing their hands only to see them right outside holding their girlfriend's/ wife's hand, touching her face, etc. It's disgusting. I wonder what would happen if I dropped the dime on the guy.
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Your handwashing should be at least equivalent to the number of times you use the bathroom. Realistically, it should be more for sake of hygiene.

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Bathroom count for me. I am one of the healthiest people (mnaybe sick once a year) I know and have eaten and been in some disgusting places. The odd time throw in a wash if I am having a busy day. I usually getup to 5-7 tops.

I think this is, like a lot of medication, one thing where people worry to much. There are scarier things out there.
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A lot. I'm kind of OCD when it comes to washing my hands.
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Over 9. After every bathroom usage and before I eat anything.

This is why I don't understand how I get sick. Nothing goes into my mouth without me washing my hands first.
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