NEWS: Survey Finds Americans Wash Up More During Flu Outbreaks
Americans know how to protect themselves when they hear about an outbreak of the flu. According to a national survey, in response to a flu virus sweeping the country, 66 percent of adults wash their hands more thoroughly or more frequently.
MILWAUKEE, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans know how to protect themselves when they hear about an outbreak of the flu. According to a national survey, in response to a flu virus sweeping the country, 66 percent of adults wash their hands more thoroughly or more frequently.
However, the survey also reveals most Americans could use a gentle reminder to continue lathering up for a full 20 seconds since 55 percent wash up for just 15 seconds or less. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests singing "Happy Birthday" twice to allow enough time to remove and rinse off germs.
The findings are from the fifth annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey conducted by Bradley Corporation, a leading manufacturer of commercial hand washing products.
"Good hand hygiene is one of the most important and easiest things people can do to reduce the risk of getting sick and spreading germs to others. Using soap and warm water for a good 20 seconds is highly effective in removing bacteria, viruses and other disease-causing microorganisms from the surface of the skin," says medical microbiologist Michael McCann, Ph.D., a professor of biology and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
The survey also shows that Americans go to great lengths to avoid coming into contact with germs in a public restroom. They commonly operate the toilet flusher with their foot (64 percent); use a paper towel when touching the restroom door (60 percent); open and close doors with their behind (48 percent); and use their elbow to avoid touching anything with their hands (39 percent).
The Healthy Hand Washing survey queried 1,015 American adults (18 years and older) about their hand washing habits. Participants were from around the country and were fairly evenly split between men and women (47 and 53 percent). The online survey was conducted Aug. 1-5, 2013.
For more than 90 years, Bradley Corporation has designed and manufactured commercial washfountains, and today is the industry's exclusive source for plumbing fixtures, washroom accessories, restroom partitions, emergency fixtures and solid plastic lockers. Headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Bradley serves the commercial, industrial, health care, recreation, education, and corrections markets worldwide. For more information, contact Bradley at 1-800-BRADLEY or www.bradleycorp.com.
SOURCE Bradley Corporation
prnewswire.com (Date:01/21/2014 08:53)
Related News about "Survey Finds Americans Wash Up More During Flu Outbreaks" news from other sites:
(news similarity rate is shown on left.)
Study on evolution of flu viruses may change textbooks, history books: A new study reconstructing the evolutionary tree of flu viruses challenges conventional wisdom and solves some of the mysteries surrounding flu outbreaks of historical significance.. (phys.org) Read News
Health Warning: Flu from the Same Strain as H1N1 Spreading in New Zealand: A flu strain similar to the H1N1 or more commonly known as swine flu is currently sweeping over New Zealand. The pre-winter flu virus has prompted health authorities to encourage New Zealanders to hav. (ibtimes.com) Read News
Survey: Health insurance gains pick up: WASHINGTON (AP) — A major new survey finds that a growing percentage of Americans gained health insurance as sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law drew to a close.. (Yahoo!News) Read News
Google Flu Trends: Grossly misleading or misunderstood science?: Google’s revolutionary Flu Trends system, which purports to predict outbreaks with startling precision, has been slowly derailing over the years, giving faulty information because of its flawed algo. (RT) Read News
Pew: Plurality of Americans Think Media Covering MH370 the ‘Right Amount’: Cable news, CNN in particular, has received quite a lot of criticism for perceived over-coverage of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370, but a new Pew survey finds that close to half of American. (mediaite.com) Read News
Wikipedia drawn into fight against flu: Hits on flu articles a better indicator of virus' spread than official disease centre, research finds.. (The Sydney Morning Herald) Read News
Study Links Vigorous Exercise to Lowered Flu Risk; Other Methods to Keep Flu at Bay: Engaging in vigorous exercise may help reduce risk of developing flu, a new online survey reveals.. (ibtimes.com) Read News