YEAH. I CALLED YOU DIRTY. YOU KNOW WHY?!
BECAUSE I BET YOU DON’T WASH YOUR FUCKING HANDS OFTEN ENOUGH.
WHY THE FUCK DOES THIS MATTER? WELL SIT YOUR FUCKING ASS DOWN AND I’LL EXPLAIN THIS TO YOU.
HAND WASHING IS THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS FROM INFECTIONS. YOU TAKING FUCKING VITAMINS? WEARING A FACE MASK? NOT REUSING TISSUES? SQUAT WHILE ON THE TOILET INSTEAD OF SITTING ON THE SEAT? THIS IS STILL NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROPER HAND WASHING.
"But wait," YOU MIGHT SAY, "I wash my hands after going to the bathroom! And after I get sticky stuff on them. I’m fine!"
NOPE. YOU SHOULD BE WASHING YOUR HANDS AFTER USING THE WASHROOM, BEFORE HANDLING FOOD, WHILE HANDLING FOOD, AFTER EATING, WHEN YOU GET HOME, AFTER USING THE COMPUTER, AFTER TAKING PUBLIC TRANSIT, ETC. YOU SHOULD FUCKING WASH YOUR GOD DAMN HANDS WAY MORE OFTEN THEN YOU ARE RIGHT NOW I GUARANTEE IT.
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH CONVENTIONS?
ILLNESS AND SICKNESS IS OFTEN SPREAD AT CONVENTIONS. AT KATSUCON SOMEONE HAS DIED FROM H1N1. THIS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE AND SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN LIGHTLY.
I SEE CON GOERS GO MOST OF THE DAY WITHOUT GOING TO THE BATHROOM. MAYBE BECAUSE IT’S DIFFICULT TO GO TO THE WASHROOM IN COSTUME. I GET THAT. THAT’S A DISCUSSION FOR ANOTHER DAY. BUT YOU SHOULD STILL WASH YOUR HANDS.
MAYBE YOU THINK YOU WASH YOUR HANDS ENOUGH (TRUST ME YOU DON’T). DO YOU FUCKING KNOW HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS?!
SEE THIS? THIS SHOWS YOU HOW TO WASH YOUR GOD DAMN HANDS. IT SHOULD TAKE YOU BETWEEN 15-30 SECONDS TO WASH YOUR HANDS. NOT A FUCKING 5 SECOND THROW WATER ON YOUR HANDS AND THEN YOU’RE DONE.
SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB!!!
YOU SHOULD USE ABOUT 3 PUMPS OF SOAP. YES YOU FUCKING HEARD ME. MOTHER FUCKING 3 PUMPS OF SOAP NOT JUST ONE.
TL;DR FUCKING LOOK AT THE PHOTO AND WASH YOUR HANDS MORE OFTEN. MAYBE YOU HAVE A STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM, BUT NOT EVERYONE DOES. MAYBE YOU WON’T GET SICK FROM THE DISGUSTING GERMS ON YOUR DIRTY GROSS HANDS BUT SOMEONE ELSE CAN. AND WILL.
Rebaggling for my followers.
I have people who get mad at me for how long it takes me to wash my hands. You should be able to hum ‘Happy Birthday’ and do the first 7 steps before you rinse and dry your hands. You should turn off the taps with a clean paper towel (not one that you’re going to be using to dry your hands either) so that whatever you just washed off your hands, doesn’t end up back on your hands.
You can also flush the toilet with your feet (as it would turn out, floors are a lot cleaner than the door nobs and tables you would touch at a convention) But you still need to wash your hands after using the bathroom.
And if you’re like “I can’t wash my hands that many fucking times during the day like omg.” BRING HAND SANITIZER. No, it is not a good alternative for washing your hands, but it will kill 99.9% of germs on your hands until you can wash them.
I also agree with Lauren on washing your hands before you eat. She’s got a good point. Sure, you might have the best damned immune system in the world and not get sick from whatever is on your own hands, but how would you feel if you sat down for lunch, touched your sub from Subway, and then a friend wanted to try a bite and touched it and ended up getting sick and dying? You’d feel awful wouldn’t you? So when you buy that sub from Subway, go wash your hands before you open that shit up and start eating. Fold the paper in half so that the inside is now on the outside. Bam! Now your sub wont have to touch that nasty table, or the outside of the wrapper which you probably touched, or probably touched the table. Now its safer to eat it and not have to worry about getting sick.
- Don’t sneeze in your fucking hand. Sneeze in your elbow and turn away from food or people if at all possible
- Don’t cough into your fucking hand. See above for what to fucking do.
- Got a runny nose? Fucking tissue’s thanks.
- Feel like you’re going to get sick? Go the fuck home.
- Shit your pants? Go the fuck home. (This is more of a shits and giggles, but I’m also serious about this too.)
- Haven’t showered in a few days? Go the fuck home and shower omg.
Wanna stay healthier at the convention? Try drinking water instead of carbinated or caffinated beverages. Water keeps you hydrated and also helps keep your immune system working properly. Now, I didn’t say “only drink water at the convention” I said try drinking water instead of other beverages. That means you can still have your damned soda or coffee if you really need it, but seriously. Water.