Friday, June 14, 2013

Think Your Hands Are Clean? Think Again.

A new study found that only 5 percent of people wash their hands correctly. Michigan State University (MSU) found most people who used the bathroom only washed their hands for six seconds, if they washed their hands at all.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says proper hand washing requires hot water, soap, and 15 to 20 seconds of scrubbing to effectively kill germs – about the length of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday.” Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of illnesses, says the CDC. Nearly 50 percent of illness outbreaks can be attributed to people not washing their hands.

MSU found that 33 percent of people didn’t bother with soap (50 percent of men versus 22 percent of women), while 10 percent skipped the water, soap, and sink all together (15 percent of men versus 7 percent of women). The study also discovered that people are more likely to wash their hands in a clean sink, early in the day, and if there was a sign encouraging them to wash their hands.

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