Wash your damned hands


Pg05-Opinion-Bryan, Paul

PCC, you’re nasty. Not only that, you’re dangerous. The amount of germs, bugs, diseases and other disgusting menaces that the everyday student carelessly spreads on a daily basis is almost criminal. One cannot walk upon the beautiful grounds of any of our fine campuses without seeing another person sneeze, cough, spit, wipe, drool, etc.

One must stay clean in order to protect their personal health, as well as mass campus health. The simplest ways come down to hygiene like, wash your hands with soap, use hand sanitizer, wear clean clothes, take showers and handle food appropriately.

If you have a fever, stay home. Not feeling too well? Try out public healthcare. It’s there, take advantage of it. If you’ve got private insurance, good for you, use it. PCC, at the very least, you’ve got to wash you’re damned hands.

Here is a simple six point plan provided by CDC.gov, in order to prove my point and save us all some pain. Hell, it may even save some lives.

  1. Avoid close contact.
  2. Stay home when you are sick.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose.
  4. Clean your hands.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  6. Practice other good health habits.

Some sobering information has come across my path recently that I’d like to share with you. Are you sitting down? What am I saying, you’re probably laying down…you’re sick!

The next time you’re sitting next to someone who sneezes or coughs into the open air of our classrooms, spits on the grounds of our campuses, or passes up on those free germ killing wash stations we call sinks; take these into consideration: Avian Flu, Hantavirus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis C, Influenza Virus type A, B and C also Novel influenza A virus H2, H5, H7, and H9, Haemophilus, Mumps Virus, Norovirus, and Rhinoviruses and Coronaviruses. All here in southern Arizona, all communicable, and all dangerous.

If you’re sick, please stay home. You can rest, get better and come back healthy. The moral of the story, PCC, is you’ve got to clean up your act. Stop getting each other sick. Stop getting me sick. And most importantly, wash your damned hands!


S. Paul Bryan is a father, writer, contrarian, et al…oh, and evidently a germaphobe.

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  2. TBG says:

    Howard Hughes would be proud of this article

  3. Meredith says:

    Thank you Paul! Educating people on the specific germs that are spread will, hopefully, motivate people to wash their damned hands! I enjoy your writing. Great addition to the Pcc newspaper.

  4. tambre says:

    Mr. Bryan tells it like it is…a refreshing approach!

  5. S. Paul Bryan says:

    It’s NOT a Broncos hat, idiot. It’s a Durham Bulls hat…as in Durham, N.C.

    Go Panthers

  6. S. Paul Bryan says:

    Mike Justice: The hat I’m wearing is a DURHAM BULLS HAT. NOT A DENVER BRONCOS HAT.

    For the record, I’m a born and bred North Carolinian. I’ve been a loyal Panthers fan since the mid-90s. And the Denver Broncos suck.


  7. Yesenia says:

    The school should do a culture swab on all of the door knobs.

  8. Mike Justice says:

    A Broncos hat? Really. That’s a true health violation where you’re from.

  9. Meredith says:

    Good article! The writer sure keeps you reading! Nothing bothers me more than when people sneeze into their hands and continue about their business touching everything before they wash their hands.

  10. Susan says:

    Some people have to be reminded about common sense things and you did a great job of making the point.

  11. Don says:

    Wash your hands: yes! Spitting? Nobody does that…maybe baseball players?

  12. Jane says:

    Go ahead and add wash your sheets to the hygiene to-do list. Clean hands aren’t going to help when you are sleeping in a cesspool.

  13. Jes says:

    Very entertaining article. I hope everyone listens!

  14. Gross says:

    Please don’t spit on the sidewalk. Were you really raised to be that classless. Disgusting, disrespectful. Ewwwwww.

  15. Little willie K says:

    Personal hygiene should absolutely be taken of, however, germs are EVERYWHERE! Quit being a baby.

  16. Never sick says:

    Sooo. Yes please wash your hands it does minimize the amount of germs spread. However, I will not be staying home when sick and if you think I should I will happily send you my water bill, rent, phone, electricity and you can pay it. If you go out in public i.e. Grocery store you will no doubt encounter germs it builds your immune system. You’re welcome.

  17. Miss New Booty says:

    Wow that’s wild!

  18. Bubba Sparx says:

    Hmmm. Veryyy interesting. Yo muy intrigado.

  19. Ava says:

    Loved it. A little mean. but I agree.

  20. Mike Justice says:

    I agree. Hygiene is imperative in mass settings. PCC has some filthy dirty schools. They need to culture swab door knobs and faucets. They will see that the faucets are clean and the class rooms are full of the viruses that were mentioned in the article. Lazy generation. Mr. Bryan should be praised for having the testicular fortitude to bring up a disgusting and rampant issue at PCC schools.

  21. Samantha says:

    That was fun! And it’s soon true. I’ve been sick three times this year!

  22. Fran says:

    Gross! Wash your hands and stay home when sick. Please!!

  23. Jerome says:

    Something had to be said. Are they nasty or is it because washing their hands stops them from Instagraming selfies on their cell phone?

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