Sing Happy Birthday To You After Using The Loo

Hand washing helps stop the spread of viral infectionsHappy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear (insert your name),
Happy Birthday to you.

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear (insert your name),
Happy Birthday to you.

How long did it take you to sing those two verses? Were you humming out loud as you mentally read the words? I have to be honest, I am getting a trifle bored of that tune. Why? Because of what I read on the BBC coverage of the Global Handwashing Day research issued earlier this month. The piece suggested that you should “wash your hands for the length of time it takes to sing two verses of Happy Birthday”. 

So it appears that I wasn’t doing it for long enough. My three year old, however, spends ages washing his hands. He proudly informed me the other day that there were “37 squirts of handwash in the bottle”. I was very proud of him for counting up to 37, but the sink was full of bubbles and the handwash dispenser was empty. I am also trying to explain to him about not wasting water by running the tap, I think it is finally getting through now.

The outcome is that I have been singing Happy Birthday every day since. That was even before the hardcore birthday season started in my house on Friday with my 1 year old’s birthday, my dad’s today and mine next week. It ends in February with my nephew’s 18th, and there are 9 other family birthdays in between. Plus we have Christmas smack bang in the middle, so it’s an expensive time of year for me – but I digress totally …

Back on subject. The advice given on the Global Handwashing Day website is to:

  1. Use enough water to just cover your hands,
  2. Lather for 20 (!) seconds and
  3. Rinse under running water.

One of the main messages from the campaign is that washing your hands is THE simplest, yet most effective, way to stop the spread of health harming bacteria. It is vitally important in countries where efficient sanitation is not as easily accessible as here in the UK.

So, what new fact have you learnt this month that has made you change a daily habit? (Not necessarily involving singing. Or the bathroom.)

  1. Brigitta

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