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There are two important things to consider when deciding on the frequency of hand washing; the first is that hands are a common means by which bacteria and other pathogens are transferred from one place or person to another, and the second is that it can be extremely easy to wash excessively and risk damaging the skin and becoming more vulnerable to infection.

The main factors to bear in mind are the relative risks to oneself and others from a hand washing regime. For the most part, healthy people and animals are able to tolerate and even eradicate bacteria etc. when they come into contact with it, and it is well known that our own individual immune systems benefit from regular encounters with a variety of pathogens.

Where we have to take special care are those occasions when we come into contact with vulnerable people or animals or when we ourselves are more than usually at risk either because of some illness or other factor that may impair our immune response.

Generally speaking it is a good idea to wash our hands after touching domestic pets, but this need not include an antimicrobial if the pet is healthy and our own. With farm animals we probably need to exercise a greater level of hygiene and even more so with animals or people that are ill.

For that reason we are likely to need a more rigorous procedure of hand hygiene if we work in animal or human health than if we don’t, and we can be fairly sure that our own immune system will handlemost of the bacteria edtc. that we encouter in the normal course of our lives.

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They move from the environment to people, from person to person, person to animal, or animal to person or environment – this is why cleanliness is important.

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