Your article ("The Wash Cycle," Jan. 26) was extremely interesting, but it was also frustrating to me. I have long wondered why there isn't more of an enforced requirement for the separation of money and food at fast food stands.
It always seems like a person who handles the money and also grabs the buns, cones, sandwich material, etc., could use some means to keep their hands off the food that goes into my mouth. Even if the employees do a good wash job on their hands after a restroom visit, they are nonetheless running their hands through their hair, grabbing old rags, doorknobs and broom handles in between the sandwich preparations.
My hands are clean, per your article's instructions--but I don't think theirs are!
JOSEPH R. READ
Loved your feature on hand washing. It's appalling to hear or see many people leaving a public restroom without washing. I became a fanatic about hand washing after chemotherapy treatments when my immune system was battered, especially when I traveled abroad.
Your procedure needs one further step, and that is to hang on to that paper towel, using it to open the restroom, store and mall doors as one exits. Skip this, and all those cooties are right back on your hands as if you had never washed them at all.