OT: People are getting better about hand washing!

According to an article published online in BusinessWeek, the hand washing habit is finally catching on after years of public health promotional activities.

As you might expect, women are better about this then men are.

Researchers observed 6,028 adults in public restrooms in 4 major cities in August 2010 and found that 85 percent of people washed their hands, compared with just 77 percent in 2007.

Among women, 93 percent are hand-washers. Among men, only 77 percent.

For best results, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that: people use soap and warm water, rub their hands together for at least 20 seconds and, if possible, to use a paper towel to turn off the faucet. An easy way to teach a child the 20 second rule – it’s approximately the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.

See – Mom was right again!

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