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Wash Your Hands, After The Restroom…Always!

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Want to know something really gross? The Baltimore Sun did a study back in August, 2010 and it turns out only

70% of Americans said they wash their hands after using the restroom. That means 30% actually admitted that they don’t wash their hands! Plus three quarters said they have witnessed this crime, people leaving the public restroom without washing their hands. Fortunately, only 42% said they’ve seen this in a work environment. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends singing “Happy Birthday” twice while washing your hands. That’s a total of about 20 seconds. Also, people who do wash their hands usually don’t wash them long enough. They only wash them for 5 to 10 seconds. 60 percent of people don’t wash their hands with soap, only water. Grossed out yet? I know I am. Plus, only 84% of adults said they planned to talk to their children about washing their hands. They surveyed 1,046 people.

I have seen this tragedy take place. My cousin and I were in a restaurant bathroom and we were washing our hands then this lady walks out of the stall, touches the door handle, and walks out—without washing her hands! We just thought it was the nastiest thing ever. Now her gross bathroom germs were on everything she touched, including the door handle to the bathroom. We had to get out, but neither of us wanted to touch the handle. So, we did what we always do, we take a paper towel and opened it with that. I mean even if we didn’t see that lady do that, we still would of used the paper towel. Who knows who touched that handle before you?

Also, I really don’t see why you wouldn’t wash your hands. I mean sure people will think “I’m too busy”, or “I was in a rush”! It doesn’t take that long to wash your hands; those aren’t good excuses in my opinion. “There was no soap” or “the water was too hot/cold”. But, why wouldn’t you go to a different bathroom and wash your hands there?

Whether you’re eight or eighty, wash your hands, with soap! I also now hope that you will happily sing along to Happy Birthday every time you wash your hands. I would like to ask you to change the statistics to 100 percent wash their hands after the bathroom, rather than only about 70 percent.

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Cohn, Meredith –The Baltimore Sun, “Washing your hands isn’t for anyone”- August 30, 2013

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