MASON CITY, IA – A new study out of the University of Michigan is showing some shocking statistics when it comes to our hand washing habits.
According to the study only 5% of us wash our hands correctly.
That means 95% of adults aren’t washing hands long enough or with the right technique to kill germs.
Research was conducted in public restrooms where 33% of people used soap and 10% didn’t wash their hands at all.
Local health officials say there’s an easy way to make sure you wash for at least 20 seconds.
Registered Nurse, Jennifer Stiles said, “The length of singing the happy birthday song twice and with some water and soap. Make sure you’re lathering up the palms of your hands, back sides of your fingers and underneath your finger nails.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of diseases. Failing to do that, contributes to 50% of illness outbreaks.