Navigation Links
Despite H1N1 Flu Threat, Most Americans Haven't Increased Hand Washing
Date:8/25/2009

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Worries about the H1N1 virus haven't changed most Americans' hand washing habits, says a national survey by Bradley Corporation, a leading manufacturer of commercial bathroom and locker room furnishings.

In Bradley's first Healthy Hand Washing Survey, 54 percent said they "wash their hands no more or less frequently" in public restrooms since the H1N1 virus emerged.

"We were extremely surprised by that response especially since the medical community calls hand washing the best defense against the spread of cold and flu viruses," says Jon Dommisse, director of marketing and product development at Bradley Corporation.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says, "Hand washing is a simple thing to do and it's the best way to prevent infection and illness." And for proper hand washing, the CDC says nothing beats soap and water.

Bradley's survey, conducted online July 28-31, queried 1,020 Americans about hand washing in public restrooms. The respondents were from around the country, ranged in age from 18 to 65-plus and were equally divided by gender.

Although 87 percent said they did wash their hands after using public lavatories, other responses indicated some may have exaggerated how often they did the job correctly. When asked if they had also used soap, the numbers declined slightly to 86 percent; yet 55 percent of the group admitted on occasion they've simply rinsed, without using soap.

In contrast to what people say they do, numerous observational studies have reported what Americans actually do. In 2007, researchers from the American Society for Microbiology found only 77 percent washed their hands after using a public restroom. In 2004, the Minnesota Department of Health observed hand washing at the Minnesota state fairgrounds, finding 75 percent of women and 51 percent of men washed with soap and water after using a public restroom.

Hand washing among school-age children is especially important since at least 22 million school days are lost every year due to the common cold, according to the CDC. Illness can spread throughout the school so it's important that students wash their hands after using the bathroom, before eating and after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose.

"Hand washing is a lifetime health practice," says Dommisse. "Children should understand its benefits and take that knowledge into adulthood."

For hand washing tips, visit bradleycorp.com.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Bradley Corporation
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Despite overeating, morbidly obese mice gain protection against diabetes
2. Despite grumbling, most Americans say they are happy at work
3. Most patients who have male-to-female sex-change surgery are happy, despite complications
4. Cataract Surgery: A Bargain, Despite the Price
5. UGA study: Youth exposed to smokeless tobacco ads despite settlement
6. Despite Advances in the Accuracy of CT Colonography in Detecting Polyps, Digestive Health Experts Urge Patients to Consider Risks and Realities
7. Plastic Surgery Complications and Deaths are Rare, Despite Highly Publicized Death of Donda West
8. A Full and Long Life, Despite Diabetes
9. Enrollment Growth Slows at U.S. Nursing Colleges and Universities in 2007 Despite Calls for More Registered Nurses
10. Research finds allergic children exposed to peanuts at younger ages despite recommendations to avoid
11. Miscarriage myths persist despite prevalence of medical information
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... City trips have soared 82% ... Trends Report). As travelers visit both urban destinations, they are faced with exploration ... exposure. In response, the outdoor industry has blurred the lines between fashion and ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Z-Medica, LLC, a leading developer and marketer ... will acquire QuikClot® Bleeding Control Kits® (BCK) to equip up to 1,000 schools ... by the American College of Surgeons, U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... Paul Yost, will begin serving as new board chair for Orange County health ... will serve the remainder of soon-to-be former chair Mark Refowitz’s term, which runs ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... health plans work, the Self-Funding Success website has recently developed and published an ... Health Plans ” was created based on common inquiries the site’s team of ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Prominant bariatric surgeon and ... thrilled to offer the recently FDA-approved Obalon Balloon System to his patients. The ... Advanced Surgical’s already comprehensive list of weight-loss services. Dr. Liu is proud ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... , March 27, 2017 ... specialty clinical-stage pharmaceutical company specializing in the development of ... public offering in the United States ... each ADS representing 40 ordinary shares of the ... In addition, Therapix has granted the underwriters a ...
(Date:3/27/2017)...  Cryoport, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYRX, CYRXW) ("Cryoport" or the ... of common stock in an underwritten public offering under ... Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). The offering is ... be no assurance as to whether or when the ... size or terms of the offering. Cryoport also expects ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... 2017 To mark the end of Save Your ... leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase Canon eye care ... New York,s Jacob Javits Center from ... sponsored by the American Optometric Association, is observed annually in ... comprehensive eye exams. In recognition of this observance, Canon ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: