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Re: How do you protect your fingers/hands (or not)? [Re: bennevis] #2392094
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Originally Posted by bennevis
Originally Posted by TheHappyPianoMuse

I also don't shake hands. Not to protect my digits as much as to keep from getting colds and flu. Filthy custom.

OT: It's not shaking hands that's the problem (you can't avoid getting people's germs on your hands, unless you never touch anything that someone else has touched - like door handles and piano keyboards....).

It's touching your face - specifically your eyes, nose and mouth - with contaminated hands that allows viruses to get in. Kissing (and hugging) does something very similar.


Of course you can't avoid touching dirty surfaces. And most people do indeed touch their faces. But the germs on people's hands are much more likely to be "live" ones freshly picked up from swiping a nose or using the bathroom and not washing hands afterwards ... males particularly. And above all this is a "custom" and it is hard to avoid. I resent it terribly because I lived for twenty years in India where we do NOT shake hands. True we are at risk for terrible water borne ailments ... cholera and typhus etc. But we have relatively few colds and flu.

But I realize here that I now have another great excuse .... "Sorry, I'm a pianist and have to be careful with my hands ..." laugh

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Re: How do you protect your fingers/hands (or not)? [Re: TheHappyPianoMuse] #2392113
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Originally Posted by TheHappyPianoMuse
But the germs on people's hands are much more likely to be "live" ones freshly picked up from swiping a nose or using the bathroom and not washing hands afterwards ... males particularly. And above all this is a "custom" and it is hard to avoid. I resent it terribly because I lived for twenty years in India where we do NOT shake hands. True we are at risk for terrible water borne ailments ... cholera and typhus etc. But we have relatively few colds and flu.

But I realize here that I now have another great excuse .... "Sorry, I'm a pianist and have to be careful with my hands ..." laugh

Actually, my message is that if you want to avoid catching common viral URTIs, the best way is to keep your hands away from your face at all times, rather than avoid shaking hands with people. You'll pick up just as many live viruses touching the same keys on your piano that your student has just played (especially if he's just picked his nose wink ), as by shaking hands with him.

BTW, I was born in the tropics in a country far, far away grin, and the main reason colds and coughs etc are much less common there is that the climate is warm (colds, coughs and flus are much more prevalent in the winter in temperate zones, hence the need for annual seasonal flu vaccination for those at risk), homes are well-ventilated because windows are left open, and people don't live & work in stuffy heated rooms - not because it's not the custom to shake hands (we shake hands when we greet people too).


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Re: How do you protect your fingers/hands (or not)? [Re: Stubbie] #2392214
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You can also wash your hands. (Most effective way of dealing with germs in studies, I believe.)


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Re: How do you protect your fingers/hands (or not)? [Re: jdw] #2392275
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Originally Posted by jdw
You can also wash your hands. (Most effective way of dealing with germs in studies, I believe.)

Hand-washing is helpful if thorough, and reduces the number of germs, but doesn't eradicate them. Not even the way surgeons 'scrub up', with chlorhexidine or iodine rather than just soap, and using nail brushes for beneath the fingernails etc.....


"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
Re: How do you protect your fingers/hands (or not)? [Re: gooddog] #2392432
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Originally Posted by gooddog
After I sliced off a good sized chunk of my index finger while cutting vegetables, my son gave me a cut-resistant glove for my left hand. I found out my piano teacher, who is a concert pianist, uses one too. Mine is an inexpensive one made with fiberglass or other cut-resistant fibers. You can also buy an expensive one made of woven steel. When I'm using it I cover it with a surgical glove to keep it clean.

Otherwise, I do whatever I have to do to maintain my house and earn a living.


Yikes..

This is such a good idea though! Maybe I will get something like that too. Is it easy to find?

I love cooking too much to consider not cutting stuff, haha!



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Re: How do you protect your fingers/hands (or not)? [Re: bennevis] #2392481
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Originally Posted by bennevis
Originally Posted by jdw
You can also wash your hands. (Most effective way of dealing with germs in studies, I believe.)

Hand-washing is helpful if thorough, and reduces the number of germs, but doesn't eradicate them. Not even the way surgeons 'scrub up', with chlorhexidine or iodine rather than just soap, and using nail brushes for beneath the fingernails etc.....


Well, nothing is perfect. Resolving to keep hands away from face is actually less reliable, since humans are so error-prone. Probably best to do both!


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Re: How do you protect your fingers/hands (or not)? [Re: Pogorelich.] #2392533
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Originally Posted by Pogorelich.
Originally Posted by gooddog
After I sliced off a good sized chunk of my index finger while cutting vegetables, my son gave me a cut-resistant glove for my left hand. I found out my piano teacher, who is a concert pianist, uses one too. Mine is an inexpensive one made with fiberglass or other cut-resistant fibers. You can also buy an expensive one made of woven steel. When I'm using it I cover it with a surgical glove to keep it clean.

Otherwise, I do whatever I have to do to maintain my house and earn a living.


Yikes..

This is such a good idea though! Maybe I will get something like that too. Is it easy to find?

I love cooking too much to consider not cutting stuff, haha!


I found some easily on Amazon. Here's a link
http://www.amazon.com/NoCry-Cut-Res...mp;ie=UTF8&qid=1425049798&sr=1-1


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Re: How do you protect your fingers/hands (or not)? [Re: griffin2417] #2392607
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Originally Posted by griffin2417
Originally Posted by Pogorelich.
Originally Posted by gooddog
After I sliced off a good sized chunk of my index finger while cutting vegetables, my son gave me a cut-resistant glove for my left hand. I found out my piano teacher, who is a concert pianist, uses one too. Mine is an inexpensive one made with fiberglass or other cut-resistant fibers. You can also buy an expensive one made of woven steel. When I'm using it I cover it with a surgical glove to keep it clean.

Otherwise, I do whatever I have to do to maintain my house and earn a living.


Yikes..

This is such a good idea though! Maybe I will get something like that too. Is it easy to find?

I love cooking too much to consider not cutting stuff, haha!


I found some easily on Amazon. Here's a link
http://www.amazon.com/NoCry-Cut-Res...mp;ie=UTF8&qid=1425049798&sr=1-1
Yes, that's pretty close to the one I have. You only need one, since the hand holding the knife is safe.


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Re: How do you protect your fingers/hands (or not)? [Re: gooddog] #2392692
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Originally Posted by gooddog
...You only need one, since the hand holding the knife is safe.


Unless you are extremely klutzy!


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Re: How do you protect your fingers/hands (or not)? [Re: malkin] #2392871
03/02/15 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by malkin
Originally Posted by gooddog
...You only need one, since the hand holding the knife is safe.


Unless you are extremely klutzy!


Yes, there are days like that for me. I don't think a second glove will correct that, however! laugh



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