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Proper Hand-Washing: 95% Of Us Do It Wrong (Study)

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Did you wash your hands properly after using the toilet? A new study suggests: probably not.

The new study by Michigan State University researchers found that only 5 percent of people who used the bathroom washed their hands long enough to kill the germs that can cause infections.

It takes 15-20 seconds of hand washing to kill bacteria and consequently to prevent the spread of diseases. Instead, we spend about 6 seconds washing our hands on average.

“These findings were surprising to us because past research suggested that proper hand washing is occurring at a much higher rate,” said Carl Borchgrevink, associate professor of hospitality business and lead investigator on the study.

Dr. André Corriveau, shows how to wash hands properly:

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