There's More to Hand Washing Than 20 Seconds

Doctors in Physical Therapy Michael Krok and Courtney Jones from the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps from Fort Bragg came to present the importance of proper handwashing in two different sessions for the middle school students.

They gave a brief overview of the public health service before showing a demonstration on how to properly wash your hands. They also had student volunteers rub “glo germ” on their hands and then go wash them before an inspection with the ultraviolet light to show the places they missed.

Though “20 seconds” is first and foremost, how you wash your hands during those 20 seconds is just as important. For more information on proper handwashing, here is a good handwashing video from Johns Hopkins that resides on O’Neal’s COVID page.


Cited in a letter from Dr. Krok---

The mission of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our Nation. As the world’s only uniformed service of public health professionals, the Commissioned Corps achieves its mission through: rapid and effective response to public health needs, leadership and excellence in public health practices, and advancement of public health science.

For more than 200 years, the men and women of the Commissioned Corps have served on the front lines of our nation’s public health in what is today called the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. The Commissioned Corps traces its beginnings back to the U.S. Marine Hospital Service protecting against the spread of disease from sailors returning from foreign ports and maintaining the health of immigrants entering the country. Currently, Commissioned Corps officers are involved in health care delivery to underserved and vulnerable populations, disease control and prevention, biomedical research, food and drug regulation, mental health and drug abuse services, and response efforts for natural and man-made disasters as an essential component of the largest public health program in the world.
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