“Most infectious diseases are spread by contact, either person-to-person, or by touching surfaces harboring germs,” said U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona. “Proper hand cleaning is the best prevention against communicable illness.”
Though 90% of Americans surveyed said they always washed their hands after using the bathroom, a 2003 observational study by the American Society for Microbiology found as many as 33% of public restroom users did not wash their hands. More women (60%) believe hand washing prevents colds and flu than men (42%). Women also washed their hands an average of nine times a day, while men washed an average of six times daily. More info: www.cleaning101.com.