Clean Hands Report Card
Americans Get a "C" for Hygiene
In the midst of cold and flu season, The Soap and Detergent Association reports that FACSs need to do a better job of when and how they wash their hands.
SDA's Clean Hands Report CardSM gives Americans a "C" for hand hygiene, although many would give themselves a higher grade.
Do as I Say, Not as I Do
According to the survey, 90% of Americans said they always washed their hands after using the bathroom, while eight percent said they frequently washed, and two percent said they seldom or never washed. Apparently, there's a major gap between what people say and what they do. A 2003 observational study by the American Society for Microbiology found that one third of public restroom users did not wash their hands.
When to Wash
"More Americans should know that their health is literally in their hands. Handwashing is critical in these key instances,"
Hygiene Tools at Hand
When soap and water aren't available, instant hand sanitizers, gels, and foams are effective in killing germs on hands. Disposable hand wipes are another alternative for people with active lifestyles.