Majority of infections are spread by hands

Recent research shows that 80 per cent of all infections are spread by hands.

However, it appears as though people are not fussed when it comes to ensuring their hands are as clean as possible.

The study revealed that 30 per cent of people do not wash their hands after going the toilet, with more than 50 per cent not using soap, and 60 per cent spending less than 10 seconds washing. Washing hands correctly with soap can significantly reduce the risk of spreading germs and bacteria. Experts advise washing for approximately 30 seconds.

Dr Colm Moore of Initial said: ‘’Good hand washing is vital in all stages of life and is key to controlling the spread of infection. This most recent survey highlights the fact that people are not aware of the volume of bacteria they carry as a result of not following hygiene guidelines.

“By simply washing their hands properly, children and adults can reduce bacteria by up to 80 per cent. Initial is encouraging the general public to be more aware and responsible when it comes to hand washing.”

Did you know?

There can be more than 1,000 resident bacteria per cm2 on hands.

Bacteria can stay alive on hands for hours.

Many bacteria grow best at a temperature of 37°C – the human body temperature.

Washing alone can decrease bacteria present on hands by 80 per cent.

Hand sanitizer can kill 99.9 per cent of germs including Swine Flu, MRSA, E-coli, and Salmonella.

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