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  1. Nanno says:

    on the topic of doctor handwashing:

    My father, who was a General Practitioner, explained this issue to me when I was young after I asked “why would you wash your hand between each and every patient, even if you were wearing gloves?”

    He said that people have a tendency to touch their infected, or otherwise disease-ridden area when showing it (unlike they would if it was somebody else’s body, but that is another issue) and no matter how careful he was with gloves at the end of the appointment they’d always shake (glove-less) hands, as well as with the next patient when coming in for its appointment, who’s next step is “showing where it hurts”, and thus touching its “vulnerable for infection area”.

    He then added that this is especially the case with genitalia, which might have helped me remember.

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