Think about it. Every time you use a public restroom, how many times do you see someone leave without washing their hands?
Are you one of them? Do you judge them? Whatever category you fall in, you’re not alone.
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 31% of men and 65% of women wash their hands after using a public restroom.
Then there’s the person who sneezes into their hands and reaches into the basket of chips and salsa; the guy who rubs his eyes and touches the French fries; or our babies who get their hands in, well, everything. The list goes on and on and on.
For all of them and the sake of our health, that’s why December is National Hand Washing Awareness Month. The New Mexico Department of Health reminds residents this flu season of the importance of hand washing to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
Despite widespread knowledge of the importance of hand washing, research shows us we’re not putting what we know to use. The result being many more cringe inducing revelations such as: