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Clean Escape: Recovering from the flu and adoption of innovation

November 3, 2009
by Joe Bormel
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Like lots of my friends, relatives and readers, I'm recovering from "The" flu. Two weeks ago, I visited the Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum, just outside Washington DC at Dulles Airport. There, I saw a lot of innovative aircraft with amazing histories. Pictured above are the Enola Gay, the Enterprise, and the Blackbird, each of which traveled at amazing speeds with remarkable cargo. It was at the museum that I saw, on exhibit in the bathroom, some other modern healthcare technology, the "Clean Escape."

This much smaller piece of modern technology, the Clean Escape, is designed to stop the movement of flu related cargo from traveling at amazing speeds:

In case it's not clear from the picture, this is a "pull" door handle for bathroom doors, allowing people who have just washed their hands to avoid grabbing the same germ covered handled used by all other bathroom goers. Not all of whom wash their hands, ya' know. Shown here is me, openning a bathroom door by pulling with the top of my shoe.

In my travels, through lots of public places each week including TNTC airports and hospitals, I hadn't previously seen the Clean Escape. I have seen millions of bottles of hand sanitizer, aperating apparently from nowhere. Have you the Clean Escape (and if so, where)?

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