Have you ever though bathroom bidet sprayers could improve your child’s education? Well, a fact that I came across this week shocked me, although I had a feeling it was fairly high. The number in question is how many teaching days are lost through sickness every year. Now like all these statistics we read on the internet, the situation is hard to fathom. Do the figures relate to just America or all western countries?
In this case we are given 2.7 million teaching days are lost through sickness. But for the purpose of simplicity let’s just say the number is very high across America, Britain, Canada and Australia.
When teachers are sick, classes are disrupted. Our children’s education and flow are interrupted. And the remaining staff are overburdened trying to cover for their sick colleagues.
So what can be done to boost attendance and limit sick days?
I think you might know what’s coming next. If germs cause sickness, and many people don’t wash their hands after using toilet paper, it makes sense to upgrade all bathrooms in schools and universities to use bathroom bidet sprayers. Some people might argue that touching bathroom sprayers in public bathrooms will also carry germs and bacteria. Yes, they would be right, but not as much as allowing the bacteria from feces to get onto their hands.
Can bathroom bidet sprayers solve all sickness problems?
Of course they can’t. But installing bathroom bidet sprayers would definitely be an improvement on using toilet paper in terms of reducing the spread of germs and bacteria. We would still need to encourage more teachers to wash their hands properly. That’s just common sense.
How much better would our children finish their education if schools used bathroom bidet sprayers?
It is impossible to say of course. But if our children are sick less. If their teachers are fitter and healthier from reduced exposure to germs and bacteria, then of course they will be happier in their work and more productive. This would lead to helping them become better teachers and reduce all disruptions that are common when teachers are sick.
Some may argue that teachers would still have sick days even if they used bathroom mini sprayers. Of course they would. But these sick days would be reduced. You can’t argue with science that a reduced exposure to bacteria would not result in less sick days.
Long versus Short Term Teacher Absences
The most shocking statistics I found were the numbers of long-term absences and early retirements of teachers. Could this be down to burn out? Or are the repetitive short-term illnesses slowly wearing down our teachers? Perhaps the most interesting fact I found was that some teaching authorities are starting to realize that the majority of absences are coming from the one and two day absences due to stomach problems and sniffles. As we have shown above, these are due to poor hand hygiene and toilet paper use. Dr. Tony Bowers of Cambridge University agrees that the most serious disruptions in our schools come from the one and two day offs teachers take. Long term absences can be accounted for. But the one offs and last minute absences are the hardest to cover create the most disruption.
How Can Schools Reduce Teaching Absences?
So if poor hand hygiene causes so many sick days, and toilet paper use results in poor hand hygiene, it makes sense to look at the potential benefits of replacing toilet paper in our schools with bathroom toilet sprayers. If we want to control the spread of viruses and bacteria, then the smartest action would be to reduce our exposure to those bacteria in the first place. Therefore, that means not letting our fingers come into contact with the bacteria when using toilet paper.
Of course proper hand washing is a very good way of limiting the spread of bacteria. Consequently, schools and universities need to make sure staff have easy access to wash basins, soap and drying facilities. All too often bathrooms are void of the necessary soap and hand towels.
However, the biggest difference we can make in our lives, and it’s staring us in the face, is using a device which uses water to clean our bodies, not putting up with smearing around with toilet paper.
Time for a total re-think in our bathroom habits wouldn’t you say?
Don’t throw away your chance of improving on your own health and that of your children. Health and hygiene are essential for general well-being and for the price of a small meal for two people a bidet sprayer is a no brainer. Toilet paper has had a good run, but using water has always been the best option for cleaning our bodies.
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