Don’t Get Caught Dirty Handed! – Why Hand Washing is so Important

Infectious diseases, many of which are spread by unclean hands, are the leading cause of death and disease worldwide, and the 3rd cause of death in the United States according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control).  You carry millions of microbes on your hands – most of which are harmless – but you can pick up some that cause illness such as flu, colds, and diarrhea.


The solution is a simple one – wash your hands with soap and clean water for 20 seconds.  When we forget to wash our hands, or don’t wash them properly, we spread germs to other people, or give them to ourselves.  Think about how many different items you touch a day, and how many people have touched those items also.


A study done in 2010 by the American Society for Microbiology and the American Cleaning Institute found that 85% of adults wash their hands in public restrooms.  That number is up from the first time they did the study in 2008.  That is more than a little disturbing…..but Chicagoans, we have a little bit of bragging rights – our fair city tied for first place for most hands washed in public restrooms at a whopping 89%- with he best venue being the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry (93%).  Let’s work on getting that number up to 100%.


Need a reminder on how to wash? – Check out this awesome choreographed video below (you will find yourself breaking out these great dance moves in the bathroom)



What we recommend? Use any of our amazing products from STOKO Skin Care, and when you can’t get to a sink, substitute with an Anti-bacterial hand gel like Purell – also available through Pike Systems!


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