Tuesday 15 October 2013

Today is 'Global Handwashing Day'

October 15th is 'Global Handwashing Day', and dozens of countries have signed-up to help spread the message of hand hygiene and the importance of washing with soap and water.

There is a large body of evidence which indicates that washing hands regularly can reduce the impact of infections. A recent review spanning over forty-years of research on the topic reinforces the fact that the simple act of using warm water, soap and lathering for 15-20 seconds reduces the potential of infections by over 30% for stomach troubles and more than 20% for respiratory illnesses.

For the average person, this could mean one to two less bouts of illness per year.

For more details see Global Handwashing Day.

Posted by Tim Sandle

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