Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Apparently hardly anyone knows how to wash their hands properly

Apparently hardly anyone knows how to wash their hands properly

As first spotted by CNN, a new study by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) concluded that a whopping 97 percent of us are failing to properly cleanse our filth-encrusted palms, which makes you wonder just how that 3 percent have so much time on their, well, hands.

The participants were sent into test kitchens to prepare a meal and researchers found that only two percent of the video group and one percent of the control group followed recommend hand washing procedure.

They also found that participants only washed their hands after cross contamination in a third of instances.

It also revealed that only 34% of the 383 volunteers who took part in the study used a food thermometer to check their burgers were cooked properly, although almost half of them did not cook the burgers to the safe minimum internal temperature.

It was recorded that half of the participants across each kitchen ended up spreading bacteria from raw meat to spice containers, and 11 percent of the time, even to refrigerator handles.

Bring us the hand sanitiser stat because a new study has revealed that only three per cent of people are actually washing their hands properly.

"You can't see, smell or feel bacteria", said Carmen Rottenberg, acting deputy undersecretary for food safety at the USDA.

You're not washing your hands correctly. Also, not washing your hands is just kinda gross, which should be a decent enough motivator in and of itself. At this stage, we don't know whether certain states are better at scrubbing their hands than those in the now-shamed Tar Heel State, but we'll assume science'll get right on that. This is obviously not great, because unclean hands harbor and help spread all kinds of diseases.

A separate study released this month found 49 of 100 towels tested showed growth of bacteria normally found in or on the human body.

The bacteria were more likely to be found on wet towels, and towels used for more than one objective, such as wiping counter tops and utensils and drying hands, according to the study, conducted by researchers from the University of Mauritius. That results in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths.

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