Handwashing station at Lane County Fair teaches people importance of hygiene

Beyond the rides and food, the Lane County Fair wants you to keep your hands clean

EUGENE, Ore. - The fair is a lot of fun, but there's one attraction there that's focused on learning.

From 2010 to 2015, about 100 people were sickened by illnesses linked to animals in public settings, according to the CDC.

There's animals, rides and lots of food, but the fairgrounds offer a unique opportunity for germs to spread as well.

"We all like enjoying the fair, and that's totally okay," said Nicholas Alviani, with Lane County Pubic Health. "But we touch a lot of things."

That's why LCPH is making hygiene one of the fair's main attractions, teaching kids about how to stop the spread of germs through their handwashing challenge.

Here's how it works: You get a couple of pumps of UV lotion, which is mean to mimic germs on your hands. Rub it in, add a little soap, and rinse for 20 seconds, making sure to get in between your fingers and underneath the fingernails. Finally, you watch it glow, knowing that these are all of the spots that you missed.

"If you do it for a longer time, and then the germs will go away a lot more, but there will still be a little," said Liv Bryda, a 9-year-old.

The handwashing trailer is right between the food court and the barn, which is very much on purpose.

You should always scrub your hands after touching rides and carnival games, where viruses can spread.

Public Heath Officials want to prevent another whooping cough outbreak. The Lane County Schools saw more than 200 cases last year, and liquid hand sanitizer just isn't enough.

The handwashing trailer will be at the fair every day, and demonstrations start at 11 a.m.

The handwashing trailer travels around the state, and next week it will be at the Douglas County Fair.

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