Global Hand Washing Day, 15th October 2018

Global Hand Washing Day, 15th October 2018

Hand washing … Did you know?

  • More than half of all men and over a quarter of women fail to wash their hands after they’ve been to the toilet.
  • The number of germs on your fingertips doubles after you use the toilet.
  • Around 80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch alone.
  • Right handed people tend to wash their left hand more thoroughly than their right hand, and vice versa.
  • We have between 2 and 10 million bacteria between fingertip and elbow.
  • The average computer keyboard and office desk contain more bacteria than a toilet seat.
  • Damp hands spread 1,000 times more germs than dry hands.
  • Millions of germs hide under watches and bracelets and there could be as many germs under your ring as there are people in Europe.

Handwashing remains the most simple, effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. Washing your hands can prevent illness and reduce the need to take medicines such as antibiotics; which also reduces the likelihood of antibiotic resistance developing.

 

A good hand wash should take about as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice (at least 20 seconds). To ensure you practice good handwashing technique, follow the steps in our leaflet HERE.