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BOSTON – Swine flu may have scared us straight, or maybe we're finally listening to our mothers. Whatever the reason, Americans are washing their hands more often, suggests the latest check by researchers who spy on people using public restrooms.
One thing hasn't changed: Men are still dirtier. About 23 percent of men failed to wash versus 7 percent of women.
"Those little 20 seconds with friction, water and soap" are one of the best things people can do to keep from getting sick, said microbiologist Judy Daly of Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City.
She led the project for the American Society for Microbiology and the American Cleaning Institute, formerly known as the Soap and Detergent Association. Results were given Monday at the microbiology group's conference in Boston.
Researchers also did phone surveys of more than 1,000 adults around the country in August. The results suggest that people are kidding themselves or fibbing about their true habits — 96 percent said they always wash after using a public restroom.
Originally posted by iamsupermanv2
reply to post by 2weird2live2rare2die
Why don't I always wash my hands? Well first off I have mastered using the restroom, so I don't get any urine on them. I guess I'm good like that.