Despite endless publicity on the dangers of inadequate hygiene, the majority of people don’t clean their hands after going to the toilet & don’t ensure they use a tissue when they sneeze!
Research has identified that the majority of public transport commuters have traces of human faeces on their hands when boarding buses & trains. The same research has also found that only three people in every 100 clean their hands after visiting the loo….People simply don’t clean their hands thoroughly enough or often enough. Washing your hands is more than just good manners and longstanding social etiquette, it can save lives.
While you may think that not properly cleaning your hands after the bathroom will cause you to feel poorly at the most, you must consider how your germs could affect the lives of others.
Infectious diseases, which are spread through unwashed hands, remain one of the largest causes of death and disease worldwide. The World Health Organisation estimates that washing your hands with soap and water could prevent diarrheal disease-associated deaths by up to 50%. Hand hygiene is one of the easiest way to keep others safe, especially if you are in an environment where there are vulnerable people such as hospitals, schools and care homes.
Regardless of how clean you think your hands are, you should always wash them for 20 seconds using soap and water, or an antibacterial gel if there is no water available. Clean them after using the bathroom, before and after preparing or eating food, if they are visibly dirty or whenever you feel that you need to throughout the day to prevent germs from spreading.