Sterilization, sanitation, and disinfection techniques are the best way to mitigate the risks, and are vital to every successful barber.
Hand washing, also known as hand hygiene, is the act of cleaning one’s hands to remove soil, grease, microorganisms, or other unwanted substances.
Hand washing with soap – often, and throughout the day – prevents the spread of many diseases.
For example diarrhoea and cholera which are transmitted through fecal–oral route.
People can also become infected with respiratory diseases, such as influenza or the common cold, if they do not wash their hands before touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.
If water and soap are not available, hands can be cleaned with ash although the benefits and harms are uncertain for reducing the spread of viral or bacterial infections
A History of Death by Shaving
While these characters don’t usually make the A-list, there are some notable historic cases of individuals who have perished from unsanitary barber procedures.
Legend has it that 3,000 years ago King Tut’s tomb was sealed with the Curse of the Pharaohs, an incantation that said whoever disturbed the ruler’s resting place would face death.
Three months after opening the tomb in 1922, George Herbert cut himself while shaving and subsequently died from the resulting sepsis infection.