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April 30th, 2009
12:21 PM ET

Wash your hands! The story continues ...

We have gotten so many comments about our producer Sara Rudolph's post about hand-washing - and about our coverage of the H1N1 virus (or "swine flu").
On Friday, we're going to answer questions from you!
We're looking through all the comments, so please keep them coming.
Medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen will join Heidi in the Newsroom. We get started at 9a - tell us what you want to know about this whole hand-washing thing - we're all trying to stay healthy!

Filed under: Anchors • Heidi Collins
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Nicholas Van Wagner

    When this Pandemic explodes, who will we be pointing fingers at from preventing the spread from Mexico?
    Several college students return from Cancun with the virus to SC.
    CDCs no action is the best action, thats who!

    April 30, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  2. timothy j clark

    Turn your life over to Christ Jesus

    April 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  3. Jim

    I can't believe you cut off the CDC Briefing! You must be kidding, people are very interested in what they have to say, not comments by your correspondents.

    April 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  4. Bluebill

    The Hedge Funds who did not cooperate to save Chrysler and who bought Credit Default swaps which will pay them when Chrsler goes bamkrupt often benefit from Co.'s going bankrupt. This is why they also "short" stocks to drive stock prices down which can also make bankruptcy more likely. The SEC needs to reinstate the uptick rule to prevent these finacial raids that hurt pension funds as well as the Company's whose stock is being shorted.

    April 30, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  5. Joyce A. Zucker

    In response to your ads from the Conservative Party, regarding Healthcare; I know plenty of people who have died and some who continue to suffer because their insurance company dictates what and how much treatment they can get. If the Government regulates and controls Healthcare, we can at least vote against them–not so with the insurance companies.
    Isn't it interesting how the Democrats try to help those in need, while the Republicans are interested in helping their own interests.

    April 30, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  6. bijon

    I have been looking at the countries stated as having the swine flu virus and noticed that all the countries are allies to the united states. Are we sure it was not deliberate?

    April 30, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  7. craig

    What is all of the bad press about the hedge funds? The President and your reporter Chernoff say they are all bad greedy people. Hedge funds have investors, namely penison funds, insurance companies, unions etc.

    If it was your retirement, would you want them to be charitable and give most of it away?? They are investors and took a chance on a crappy stock. I know I wouldn't have invested in Chrysler. What if they hadn't bought the stock? Chrysler would have gone under before now and it may not have had the ability to merge with another company.

    Enough anti-capitalistic talk...Tell the entire truth.

    April 30, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  8. concon

    I live in manattan, but I don't see people wearing mask here even though it has the large number of swine flu cases, next to mexico. I think new yorkers are not taking it seriously. They take it as if a normal flu.
    My question is, should I start wearing N95 mask in dense environment like subway? or when should I start wearing it? when they bring it up to level 6 or when government tells us to do it? it'll be too late then though.

    April 30, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  9. Chad Warren

    In all the coverage of the swine flu concern. I haven't seen, or can remember, any focus on Mexico's response. Shouldn't Mexico be applauded for their commitment not only to their own safety but that of the world?

    If I remember the SARS fear correctly, China was typically reluctant to share information with their own citizens let alone the world. In further comparison, America's response to hurricane Katrina has been understandably criticized. Obviously, the situation resulting from Mexico's response could have been much worse. Taking into consideration the lower socioeconomic status of Mexico; hasn't its government and people reacted effectively and calmly? Maybe it might improve Mexican and American relations if we give them the credit due for demonstrating responsibility?

    When was the last time we heard something positive about Mexico? I'm sure Americans, like me, have worried more about Mexicans bringing swine flu to America; than, appreciated that Mexico and her people have protected us by their response.

    April 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  10. athena8

    Hi Sara..I did this Ireport especially for you!


    April 30, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  11. athena8

    Sorry, I meant Heidi Collins..I heard you and didn't see you this morning when you were asking about proper hand washing...

    April 30, 2009 at 1:36 pm |


    April 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  13. Lori

    I haven't heard anyone talk about the tradition of shaking hands. I can't believe that this tradition survived the initial acceptance of germ theory, but this seems like a wonderful time to put it to rest.

    Think of all the times that you are expected to shake someone's hand, without having any idea where that hand might have been and what might be on it! The worst is when you're introduced to someone while eating. We need to replace this greeting with something else ASAP, because right now the fear of appearing rude compels us to continue this germ-spreading practice.

    P.S. I am a physician, and you wouldn't believe the number of patients who put out their hand to shake right when I walk in the room, before they see me wash my hands!

    April 30, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  14. Dennis Junior

    Yes, I am washing my hands on a continous basis...

    April 30, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  15. David

    Other than some cases in Mexico, I have not actually seen any justification for the hyped-up panic over the current H1N1 flu. Most strains of flu are pandemic if you simply mean that they are present in many countries round the world and most strains kill a lot more people than this strain has done so far. I think we need to exercise caution, but the media is set to run the country into a hyped -up frenzy over this just like they did with the economy.

    April 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  16. john

    did ya notice how much water they were wasting in the video about washing hands

    May 1, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  17. Brent Kesler

    This is about the ireport you just showed around 9:40am there was one thing she did that was horrible but yall didn't say anything about was she didn't cut her water off. Look at all the water she wasted that could have been saved.

    May 1, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  18. jesse

    Encouraging good hygiene habits is certainly good, but can we be careful about encouraging the waste of water?

    If everyone let the faucet run for 30 seconds every time they wash they're hands, think of how much fresh water is being wasted by the minute.

    It's also a waste of all the resources that go into maintain our fresh water supplies.

    Think, people.

    May 1, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  19. Rich

    I just saw the piece about hand washing and was dismayed. How many gallons of water did she waste but not turning off the faucet while washing. And using paper towels (trees) to open and close the doors...give me a break. There has got to be a greeener way to not catch the flu.

    Great show!


    May 1, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  20. Jimmy Hartford

    Some restaurants use finger nail brushes. I would recommend a disposable one that you can replace regularly to keep it clean and fresh.

    May 1, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  21. laura

    Please remind people to keep their fingers out of their mouth and do not open packaging(i.e. chips) with their teeth. I see that all the time, what a great way to get the flu.

    May 1, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  22. Brenda

    Great piece about how to wash your hands. We should all just listen to our moms! On a side note, the woman with Heidi delivering the "How To Wash Your Hands" referred to what she sees on airplanes. She said she sees stewardesses using paper towels to open the lavatory door. We have been referred to as "flight attendants" for almost 30 years now.

    May 1, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  23. Hal Roseberry

    Two things- First, are you seriously suggesting that we use paper towels in our homes? How many trees do you want to cut down for a flu that has killed fewer people than any other flu to date? This is irresponsible.

    Second- Just hours before VP Biden said he wouldn't suggest riding the subway, your network ran a story about how dangerous riding the subway is and then joined the attack on Biden!

    So, if Biden suggests using paper towels, are you going to attack him for not being more environmentally conscious?

    May 1, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  24. Glenn

    A whole discussion on hand washing? Give me a break. Are we as a society so dumb, that news stations have to devote time to a discussion on the proper way to wash hands? What's next? How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?

    May 1, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  25. Gail Ballard

    We have a severe drought in Southern California. I found it highly irresponsible of the iReporter in Yorba Linda to let the water run and run and run. DO NOT LET WATER RUN while washing your hands or brushing your teeth. IT IS NOT NECESSARY to do a proper job!!

    May 1, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  26. Tom from San Diego

    I understand the importance of washing your hands but that woman from Loma Linda, CA sure did waste a ton of water!!!! Come on! We have a drought out here!!!!! Let's be a little green while staying healthy!

    May 1, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  27. Ellen

    I just saw an iReport that was supposed to instruct us on how to properly wash our hands. I actually think it was a lesson on how to waste water. I know that rinsing under running water is necessary, but it is not necessary to leave the water running while you are scrubbing.

    May 1, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  28. Jerry Imhoof

    On your video,about washing hands,the girl did a fine explanation,but she "left" the "water running" for over 20 seconds. That's alot of water running down the drain unnecessarally. Multiply that by thousands of people. Remember,we're still "going green".

    May 1, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  29. Carolyn

    I appreciate the video on how to wash hands but being an environmentalist, would it be possible to shut the water off while scrubbing. So much unnecessary waste by letting the water run the whole time. I know this is may not be what the focus should have been for the video, just an observation.

    May 1, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  30. Nick Di Gregorio

    Good job giving an overview on handwashing. Needs to be more in depth. Need to talk about actual water temp( not luke warm). Talk about hand jewlery, hats and how wearing them can trasmit the problem Look at the places you eat and and store you buy food. Poor practices lend to the problem.

    May 1, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  31. Gail Ballard

    It was also irresponsible of CNN not to comment on the waste of water by the Yorba Linda iReporter. We in SoCal are going to have mandatory cutbacks this summer because of the drought, and that woman was just plain stupid letting the water run.

    May 1, 2009 at 10:18 am |

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