10 Million – That’s about how many Canadians (age 15 & older) did not wash their hands today after using the washroom. While 92% of us say we believe it’s important to wash our hands – 34% of us don’t even bother. For context, consider that the average person urinates about seven times per day – we’ll skip over the fecal-oral transmission issue for now.
14 Million – That’s about how many Canadians did wash their hands after using the washroom today – except they didn’t bother to use soap. In fact, washing with soap – not just water – is vital to proper hygiene. While water is powerful at rinsing away dirt, it cannot easily remove soil or organisms that are attached to the hands. Soap can do this effectively, maximizing the rinsing benefit of the water. Also, drying your hands with a cloth or paper towel is very important for additional bacterial removal.
Help make hand hygiene contagious for all Canadians by liking and sharing this recent LinkedIN article. Thanks for spreading the infection control message and not germs.