Rant: Medical workers should set standard for hygiene

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 12, 2013 

I lived in Asia for many years and while in Hong Kong did a course at the British Council in teaching English. It was an eye opener for me that I was told "never to lick my fingers" to separate pages as Chinese students would not accept the page. I once forgot and that indeed happened.

I am not hygiene obsessive but I learned a lesson in Hong Kong which actually makes a lot of sense.

My letter is prompted because, last week, I was in a medical office and the receptionist licked her fingers. In this time of super concern with hygiene I was amazed and a little surprised considering the venue. I notice this happens in many places that I visit or shop.

Should not the medical community, above all, be setting the standards for hygiene?

- Elizabeth Lynam of Everson, via Letters to the Editor

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