Study: People Are Not Correctly Washing Their Hands 97% Of The Time

People are not properly washing their hands 97% of the time, according to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The study found that nearly 1 out of 3 participants did not wash their hands at all before and after handling raw meat when asked to prepare turkey burgers and chef’s salads in a test kitchen.

When participants did wash their hands, nearly 1 out of 4 did not use soap.

Of those who did use soap, 83% of participants did not rub their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and 44% did not wet hands before applying the soap.

How to correctly wash your hands

In this video, the U.S. Center for Disease Control demonstrates the following the five steps to wash your hands properly:

1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

4. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Video and image credit: CDC