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One-third of Americans admit to not washing their hands after using the restroom
Maintaining proper hand hygiene is important to stop the spread of germs and avoid getting sick, but are many Americans still washing their hands as frequently as the pandemic winds down? With the COVID-19 pandemic, the world was re-introduced to methods of washing their hands, learning that the virus is not killed until at least 20 seconds have been reached with soap on hands, which creates an oily substance within the skin, breaking the cell walls of the virus, rendering it completely inoperable and useless. Despite the fact that more diseases and germs could be prevented from being spread with sanitizer solutions and washing hands, not all Americans are keen on washing their hands, even after using the bathroom.
While it is true that the human body is able to build a stronger immune system by being exposed to certain germs and bacteria, it is almost always better to prevent disease-causing agents from getting in or on your body by remembering to wash your hands multiple times per day, especially before handling food you serve or eat, after handling food you serve or eat, after using the bathroom, and touching nearly any surface, specifically toilet handles, door handles, and even the television remote. Wiping down these surface areas with an additional wipe, such as Clorox, which contains bleach may also severely reduce exposure to germs, bacteria, and viruses.
Puronics recently surveyed more than 1,500 Americans to find out exactly how they are washing their hands.
- 76% of respondents say handwashing is “very important”.
- However, nearly one-third of Americans admit to not washing their hands after using the restroom.
- Americans on average wash their hands 9 times per day.
- 38% wash their hands for only 15 seconds or less (the CDC recommends at least 20 seconds).
- 51% of respondents say they don’t always use soap when they wash their hands.
Take a look at this full handwashing report that includes demographic breakdowns of all the stats mentioned above and more.