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.

23 thoughts on “Wash your damned hands

  1. 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.

  2. 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.


  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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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