Survey Shows Better Hand Washing Practices Among Americans

Survey Shows Better Hand Washing Practices Among Americans

Survey Shows Better Hand Washing Practices Among Americans

Recent concerns about easily spread viruses like H1N1 and Avian flu have changed the way Americans’ wash their hands, according to a survey held by the Bradley Corporation. The Bradley Corporation manufactures locker room and bathroom equipment, including hand dryers, showers, faucets, sinks, and lockers. Public campaigns espouses the importance of proper hand washing habits have had a serious impact.

The survey reported that of the 1,053 respondents, 50 percent claimed to wash their hands longer or more thoroughly than before. This equals a 45 percent increase in only one year, when the Bradley Corporation held the same survey. Experts in disease control, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, explain that proper and frequent hand washing is one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria.

The common cold leads to lost income for both workers and the companies that employ them. Staying healthy prevents children from missing school, which has been shown to lower a student’s chance at academic success. Hot or warm water should be used for hand washing to kill bacteria and remove the oils and dirt that keep bacteria on the skin. Soap, preferably anti-bacterial liquid soap, is also crucial for clean hands.

The online survey requested information on theĀ  hand washing habits of 1,053 Americans from across the country. Participants were of all ages, and 46 percent male and 54 percent female. 50 percent of respondents noted that their increase in frequency or duration of hand washing practices were in response to the H1N1 virus.


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