Cringeworthy: Study Finds Only 1 in 20 Wash Their Hands Properly Prior to Leaving the Restroom
In a society where greeting others is done largely with a hand shake, the findings of recent study may leave some hesitant to extend their hand.
Michigan researchers observed 3,749 people discretely as they washed their hands in public restrooms. After viewing this, they concluded that a mere 5% of people actually wash their hands with enough soap to kill germs and long enough for the soap to work. What’s more is that 33% of the hand washers didn’t use soap and 10% didn’t wash at all.
So how long is the long enough to kill germs? Longer than you probably think!
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) advises scrubbing the entire upper and lower surfaces of the hand with soap for a full 20 seconds before washing it off.
So what’s the average time spent washing?
Nearly 95% wash their hands for 6 seconds.
Men Wash Hands Less
In the battle of the sexes, women have men beat in the hand washing department. When women were observed, 78% washed their hands in comparison to only 50% of men. Additionally of those men who did wash only 50% used soap.
When we think of the many illnesses that are out there, neglecting one of the main ways we can keep ourselves healthy is a big deal.
Transmitting Bacteria and Germs Follow ups:
Men, Don’t skip washing up.
Touching your penis when utinating at the urinals in the restroom is enough to transmit bacteria and germs you may be hiding in the genital area.
Your hands can definitely carry bacteria and germs on them afterwards. The danger can be great especially if you are carrying a STD or other disease you are unaware of.
The importance of washing one’s hands after going to the bathroom to stop the spread of infections then, touching your partner, your kids or friends after leaving the restroom can be beneficial.
Guys Hygiene Safety and Illness Prevention
Touching the toilet handle when Flushing can have germs from previous occupants.
Restroom doors tend to open inward, which means that your clean hands will need to touch a door handle freshly contaminated by the non-hand washers. Check out Hand Washing WebMD Video
What is the right way to wash your hands?
Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water
If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitize that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands. Check out CDC Global Hand Washing Day Oct 18