Everyone Is Still Washing Their Hands Wrong, According To Government Study

Pure filth. makieni/Shutterstock

Robin Andrews 03 Jul 2018, 16:24

It appeared that both those in the control group and the video group only “attempted” to wash their hands after handling raw products about one-third of the time. Among attempted handwashing events, the preliminary results show that 2 percent of the treatment group and 1 percent of the control group engaged in an “adequate handwashing event.”

The most common missing step was not rubbing their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. Plenty also failed to wet their hands with water, which, you know, seems pretty intuitive. The tracer virus revealed that bacteria was easily spread from raw poultry onto plenty of other surfaces, from spice containers to refrigerator handles because of these heinous acts.

Far from just being suspicious of North Carolinians forever more, there’s a solid chance we’re all disgusting, lazy humans too. Plenty of studies have investigated this, and they all come to pretty much the same conclusion.

So – how does one remove all the E. coli from their hands again? Proper handwashing is defined by a few places, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who, among other things, advise you to hum the Happy Birthday song from beginning to end – twice – to yourself as you scrub your hands with soap, much in the way a serial killer in their own origin story might.

A 2016 study, however, found that even the CDC’s instructions aren’t good enough. Instead, if you’re keen on killing those germs, the best thing to do is follow the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO), whose even longer six-step method looks a lot like you’re trying to signal in code.

The six-ish step guide to handwashing. WHO

At the very least, though, use soap and water, people. Come on.

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