WHY do you not wash your hands?
It's a pretty simple task. There's plenty of water. There's even soap now in most toilets, and believe me, it wouldn't take you an hour washing your hands. You probably think there's nothing to it, right?
Men are dirtier than women. So scientists confirmed by spying in public restrooms, watching as one-quarter of men left without washing their hands.
In contrast, 90 percent of the women did wash up.
Wednesday's results mark the American Society of Microbiology's latest look at how many people take what is considered the single easiest step to staying healthy: spending 20 seconds rubbing with soap under the faucet.
It also explains why these infection experts tend to use paper towels to open bathroom doors. There is no telling what germs the person before you left on the knob.
"It's a gamble," said microbiologist Judy Daly of Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, the society's secretary.
[Newsday.com, Sept 21 2005]
There was a time when I used to accompany my aunt to Sunday Catholic masses in downtown Chicago. In US Catholic Holy Masses, when its time to say, "Peace Be With You!" parishioners usually shake hands --- and kiss when it's a relative or a loved one seated beside them --- in addition to saying peace to each other. Unlike here where it's mostly a no-look and perfunctory "pisbiwidyu" No handshakes, and hardly any kisses.
I used to wonder why my aunt would only shake hands with fellow women but not men. She told me it was because she knew men did not wash their hands after going to public toilets. That was years ago. But look, it still holds true today.
Guys, wash your hands! Here's an illustrated demonstration HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS PROPERLY.