In the article on washing hands after peeing:
Cecil states urine is a fairly clean substance, and, in fact, is occasionally used by doctors for sterilizing in low-tech areas. (I’d like to know why a salt solution wouldn’t work better, and be generally less disgusting)
Anyway, he stated the major problem is with coliform bacteria, which, according to him, are all about our midriff.
Anyway, this got me to thinking. The punki stick example, now that’s obvious. That’s why doctors wash their hands around open wounds.
But claiming that washing hands is the only thing between us and typhoid?
First off, wouldn’t a more likely result to being exposed to someone else’s bacteria be the runs?
Secondly, how deadly are they if you don’t have a cut?
Thirdly, why would washing your hands be any more effective then washing any other part of your body? If I can wash my hands with soap, why not my penis?
Fourthly, if these things are all that deadly, should we wash our hands every time we tuck in our t-shirt? Or is there a limit to how high up these little bacteria go (no further then the underwear elastic)?
Fifthly, is it more dangerous in a public restroom, then at home? I.e., aside from punji sticks, do we adapt to each other’s fauna? This has some ramifications when it comes to intimacy.
Anyway, just wondering.
And, to put your mind at ease, yes I do wash my hands - although after reading his “Bactine” comment, it seems almost as though urinating on them would be more effective.