MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Hand sanitizer has quickly become the most popular way to wash our hands after using the restroom. It drys on its own and kills 99.9% of all bacteria. You can bring it with you anywhere, and not have to use a public restrooms bottle that may have been tampered with. It all appears to be a win-win. Unfortunately, we all need to ask a simple question before feeling too comforted about our post restroom grooming. When we grab the doorknob to leave are we sanitizing the door, or are we dirtying our hands again?
According to Dr. Nassier Gravihk, we are completing what he calls double transference.
In these situations we are actually doing both. The door knob, or anywhere you touch the door, becomes sanitized while you hands pick up any bacteria that have been laying dormant on the door. Sanitizers have an odd property. They kill bacteria on contact, but become lazy after about 10 seconds of being on the same object. We have a society full of clean doors and dirty hands.
This is startling news to some and we need a call to action. In this columnist’s humble opinion bathroom doors need to be removed immediately to stave off a potential bacteria crisis. Bacteria are the most efficient killers, as any plague-era person will tell you. We’re overdue for another plague, and we’re complacent because we have sanitizer.
Stay safe, my friends