011: The Precautions We Should Take

I know I just made a blog post about “Washing Your Hands”. This is blog goes right along with it. Just tonight at work. An incident occurred at work.  Were a coworker apparently cut their finger or hand. That particular coworker, didn’t notify staff or a nurse on site. It wasn’t discovered until the coworker had to sign out and left and trail of blood everywhere. Yes!  Everywhere. I mean on the desk, on paperwork, on the rail, on the floor and on the door knob. We were in total shock by the amount of blood. All I could think about was someone touching it or stepping in.  That’s a whole lot of exposure. From work, to your car, home and wherever else you go.  You would never know how or when you came into contact with it. I know for myself. I would be devastated to say the least. Since I’m a FTM and breastfeeding mom. You never know what anyone has. What disease, illness or sickness they carry. Everything that looks good or clear ain’t necessarily clean. You have to protect yourself at all times. That’s why it’s very important to “Wash Your Hands”.

Did you know that some disease you contract are through unscreened blood, by mother to baby through pregnancy, labor or nursing, unclean needles, infected blood and so fourth. Most of my coworkers thought that most diseases are contracted through sex. I had to tell them. That’s not the case. How do you think you feel fatigue or nauseous or have a fever. It’s through the germs you come in contact with. Most doctors and nurses with tell you. Some diseases can live on surfaces for a certain amount of hours, days or weeks. You never know.

I had to do my research and let you know that some diseases you can contract through dried blood. These are a few to say the least.

Hepatitis B virus can live in dried blood for up to a week.

Hepatitis C virus can survive for up to four (4) days on a surface.

HIV may survive in dried blood at room temperature for up to five (5) or six (6) days.

Work surfaces that become contaminated with infected body fluids or blood can expose you to cross contamination.

Now the reason for this blog is to open everyone eyes that are not aware. Or maybe aware and just neglect it. This topic is important to your health and livelihood. This can impact not only your family but love ones to. Any and everyone that cares for you.

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