I was intending to put up a writerly post today about the progress of my new novel, but instead I’m going to have a rant. The reason being that I caught the tail end of an item in a TV consumer programme where an ‘expert’ was explaining that cooked ham could be seriously contaminated simply by coming in contact with someone’s hands.
She was talking about some kind of chemical reaction that sets up between the germs on your hands and a substance in cooked ham that could trigger some pretty nasty effects. In other words, MAKE YOU REALLY ILL!
I didn’t know about that specific danger, but it made me think of all those times I queued to buy sliced ham at the supermarket counter …
If that ‘expert’ is right, all that stands between us and the danger of being poisoned, is someone being diligent enough to regularly wash their hands.
And this is my point. It’s not rocket science.
Why won’t people WASH THEIR HANDS?
Surely hand washing is the single easiest way to prevent the spread of germs – germs that make us ill? It’s a no brainer, but the number of times I have seen women in shop and restaurant loos hurry off without doing this simple thing makes my blood boil.
One of these days I’ll chase after the offender and tap her shoulder and say, “Excuse me, but haven’t you forgotten something?” I will. One of these days. Maybe.
And while I’m in full haranguing flow, why don’t patients at my health centre use the hand gel provided?
Now I don’t imagine that my GP practice is the only one that supplies hand gel for patients coming and going, but in all the time the little dispenser has been here (in full view) I have only once seen anyone, apart from myself, actually using it.
Now to my mind, if you’re going to pick up a germ anyway, the GP surgery, with all the coughs and sneezes, and other unpleasant maladies I wouldn’t care to dwell on, passing through there every day, is the place to catch it.
Using the gel is a basic precaution that takes seconds, costs nothing – AND IS STILL IGNORED!
There, I’ve said it. And I’ll say it again. Please! Please!Please! people who don’t wash your hands – please! be more vigilant!
Sigh … I feel so much better now.