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Eww! Only 5 Percent Wash Hands Correctly

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Eww! Only 5 Percent Wash Hands Correctly

Source: Journal of Environmental Health (via Michigan State University)

Remember Mom’s advice about washing your hands thoroughly after using the restroom?

Apparently not.

A new study by Michigan State University researchers found that only 5 percent of people who used the bathroom washed their hands long enough to kill the germs that can cause infections.

What’s more, 33 percent didn’t use soap and 10 percent didn’t wash their hands at all. Men were particularly bad at washing their hands correctly.

The study, based on observations of 3,749 people in public restrooms, appears in the Journal of Environmental Health.

“These findings were surprising to us because past research suggested that proper hand washing is occurring at a much higher rate,” said Carl Borchgrevink, associate professor of hospitality business and lead investigator on the study.

Hand washing is the single most effective thing one can…

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July 17, 2013 Posted by | Consumer Health | , | Leave a comment

   

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