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1 in 10 skips hand washing in public bathrooms

Only five percent of people who used the bathroom washed their hands long enough to kill the germs that can cause infections, according to a new study. Seven percent of women and fifteen percent of men didn’t wash their hands at all, report the researchers.

Hand washing is the single most effective thing people can do to reduce the spread of infectious diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Failing to sufficiently wash your hands contributes to nearly 50 percent of all food-borne illness outbreaks.

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

Full story at Futurity.

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