Oh, goody, something else I can get obsessive about:
Here’s something to ponder the next time you head to the loo: Only five percent of people wash their hands long enough to kill disease-causing germs. Translation: Ick.
That’s according to a study from Michigan State University, which based its results on observing 3,749 people in public restrooms.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asserts that while 50 percent of foodborne illness are caused by dirty hands, washing those hands is the best way to prevent disease from spreading―if you do it right.
That means washing with soap and water for 20 seconds. The study found that most people wash, on average, for six seconds.
Dang, you know how long 20 seconds is when you're doing a routine chore? On the other hand, it's not like I have something better to do with those missing 14 seconds.