7, 9, 11… How many times per day do you wash your hands?Published: 2020-03-06 10:14
On a biannual basis, we at Essity are taking the temperature check on the hygiene and health status of the world. We talk to 1,000 people in 15 countries about their hygiene and health routines and attitudes.
We have seen a positive shift in behaviors during the (more than a) decade during which period we have been doing these studies. However, many people still lack access to basic knowledge about hand hygiene.
Have you ever thought about the number of times you wash your hands in a day? I am a dedicated handwasher – probably more than is really called for and to the extent that my hands dry up and get really chapped from time to time…
When I asked my kids how many times a day they wash their hands, I was appalled by the answer – way too few times if you ask me. (I really need to drive an awareness campaign at home!) The same if you look at recommendations from public health institutes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) you should wash your hands more than 10 times per day. Through our Essity studies, we have the facts to the actual numbers. Women are slightly better at washing their hands than men. Men wash their hands on average seven times per day compared to women who wash their hands on average nine times per day.
Our studies also show that the vast majority wash their hands to protect themselves and only a few to protect others. However, people who wash their hands often are seen as more considerate of others and who wouldn’t want to be seen as a thoughtful and caring citizen of the world??
To stay healthy – regardless of a regular cold, disease outbreak or seasonal flu – one of the best ways is to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially
- after going to the bathroom
- before eating
- after having blown your nose, coughed or sneezed
This should take everyone to at least 10 times per day. Let’s do it!
Ps. Don’t forget to wash you right thumb – the part of the hand which most people forget to wash according to our findings.
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