Fri, 10/16/2020 – 15:30
A new CDC report estimates that roughly 1 in 4 Americans are failing to thoroughly wash their hands. CDC found that men, young adults aged 18-24 years, and non-Hispanic white adults are most prone to overlooking hand hygiene. CDC compared data from Porter Novelli Public Services’ ConsumerStyles survey from October 2019 to June 2020, with 3,624 and 4,053 respondents, respectively. During the pandemic, Americans were 2.3 times more likely to remember hand-washing after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose, and doubled their likelihood of remembering to wash hands before dining out. They were also 1.7 times more likely to remember hand hygiene before having meals at home. CDC noted, “Despite these increases, however, fewer than 75% of respondents reported remembering to wash their hands after having respiratory symptoms, before eating in a restaurant, and before eating at home.” The agency urged greater communication about the key role hand-washing plays.