Last night, NBC11 reported a nationwide study on percentage of men and women who wash their hands after they use the bathroom. The study installed hidden cameras in selected public restrooms around the country including stadiums, bus stations, parks, office buildings...etc. The point is not to reveal any identities but to examine personal hygienes in the US.
The result was not surprising but disturbing nonetheless.
33% of men DO NOT wash their hands before exiting the bathroom.
12% of women DO NOT wash their hands before exiting the bathroom.
What a disparity between genders! And my goodness, 33% of men DO NOT wash their hands after they've used the toilets/urinals? That is sickening.
That means 1 out of 3 male hands I shake in business meetings are tainted. That means more likely than not, the safety poles on BART are also contaminated. What about the guy who hands me my latte at Starbucks? The potential is frightening.
People think I'm ridiculous for popping out my bottle of Purell on BART?? I think I am just saving myself from getting sick!
With women, I even think 12% is a bit high for this day and age. But just thinking back to my office restroom encounters, I clearly recall a few times where someone walked straight out of the stall without stopping by the sink.
Be careful whose hands you touch next!