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(CNN) -- When it comes to hand-washing in the
United States, it's do as I say, not as I do, researchers
The American Society for Microbiology wanted to know how many people
told the truth about their hand-washing habits. So volunteers called more
than 1,000 people across the country and asked. Of those surveyed, 95 percent
said they always washed after using a public restroom.
But then, sneaky microbiology society observers watched people in
public restrooms in New York, Chicago, Illinois; New Orleans, Louisiana; San
Francisco, California; and Atlanta, Georgia, to see whether they actually did
wash their hands. It turns out that about one third of people weren't exactly
on the up and up.
Your hands are the most important means from which germs
travel from one person to another," said Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of hospital
infectious programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
"So it would make sense that washing your hands would be an effective strategy for
Dr. William Jarvis, chief of the CDC hospital infection's
program's investigation and prevention unit, said even health care
professionals fall down on the job.
"Physicians, nurses ... have been documented repeatedly to not
wash their hands properly," Jarvis said. "At best, it is 40 percent of the
time that we recommend that they should wash their hands (that they really
And all it really takes is about 10 to 15 seconds worth of
effort, according to Gerberding. So here's the dirt on the
- Use water and soap. Water temperature doesn't matter,
but the time you take does. Lather and wash for about 15 seconds,
making sure to clean nooks and crannies, as well as under the
- Rinse thoroughly under running water.
- Dry with a clean paper towel or use a hot-air
- Dispose of the paper towel.
- Some authorities also recommend that you use a paper
towel to open the door with because door handles harbor germs. Throw
the towel away after you leave.
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By far, the more important thing is to get into the
"There are many diseases that are transmitted from person to
person through hands," she continued. "Probably the most important one is the
common cold virus (but) ... we know there are many other more serious infections
that are also transmitted through that route.
Periodic outbreaks of hepatitis A have been attributed to
food contamination spread by inadequate hand-washing, and a recent outbreak of
shigella at a Colorado elementary school that sickened 45 children -- hospitalizing
three -- also was caused by a failure to practice good hygiene.
"We need to create a culture where hand-washing is the thing
to do," said Gerberding. "If we can just wash our hands, we will have an impact on
some of the most common problems, as well as some of the most serious health
problems we face."
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