The Dirt on Missourians Hand Washing

Hand washing study reveals dirty secrets

Hand washing study reveals dirty secrets

People are not taking serious the number of illnesses they can catch after eating contaminated food.

363 people were tested in kitchen test facilities in North and SC (remind us never to eat there), and just about all of them failed the minimum cleanliness levels, with numerous members not even bothering to dry there hands after not washing them properly, allowing them to air-dry around the food.

The study found that only 3 percent of participants followed all the necessary steps to properly wash their hands, and almost 50 percent of the time, participants spread germs.

Nearly no one's hand washing is up to standard, reveals a stern new study. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 48 million Americans are sickened each year by foodborne illnesses, with 128,000 ending up in the hospital and 3,000 people dying from these illnesses. "By simply washing your hands properly, you can protect your family and prevent that bacteria from contaminating your food and key areas in your kitchen", Carmen Rottenberg, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at USDA, said in a statement.

The CDC warns that those who are at a higher risk of a foodborne illness include children, older adults, and those with a weaker immune system. The study found other common risky habits when preparing food, including failure to use a meat thermometer to make sure that the food has reached a safe temperature. After splitting the volunteers into a "control" and "treatment" group, researchers compared people's cooking behaviour depending on whether they watched an instructional food safety video on how to measure the safe internal temperature of cooked meat.

What is shocking about this study is that 97% of the participants in the study didn't properly wash their hands.

In order to keep germs from spreading, you should wet your hands, lather up with soap and rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds.

Accordingly, almost half of the spice containers used by study participants in the control group (who did not watch the thermometer video) were contaminated.

Continue with this process for at least 20 seconds.

So, what's the right way to wash your hands? A proper wash of visibly dirty hands takes about as long as singing "Happy Birthday" twice. The CDC has some tips, starting with an obvious step: wetting hands with clean, running water.

"Numerous" study participants also didn't dry their hands with a clean towel.

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