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Australia The dirt on young Australians who don't wash their hands

01:40  18 february  2020
01:40  18 february  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

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I don ’ t understand the thinking behind not washing your hands after using the bathroom. Everything you touch in there has been touched by someone else, and if you are in public, that means those things have been touched by a lot of someone elses. Just start counting in your head the number of germs

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Wash your hands. It works.© Wayne Venables Wash your hands. It works. It’s among the best ways of keeping colds, the flu, and other nasty bugs at bay. It may even help protect against the coronavirus responsible for the current outbreak.

And not doing it, as one leading infectious diseases specialist puts it, is "gross".

Yet a new survey reveals that almost a third of Australians under 25 aren’t always washing their hands after using the toilet.

“There are a lot of studies on this: males are worse than females for washing their hands, even after passing faeces – which is gross,” said Professor Lindsay Grayson, director of infectious diseases at Austin Health.

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Most people are taught to wash their hands from an early age. When there is a major health scare, the Department of Health runs education campaigns "People in the UK are worried about infections, we know that," says Dr Cutler. "But often they don ' t associate dirty hands with infections until they

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The new survey of 1229 people by the Food Safety Information Council also found less than half of Australians aged between 18 and 25 always washed their hands before they handle food.

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Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

And most of them don ' t wash their hands as often or as well as they should. Yet hand washing is the first line of defense against the cold, flu, and other National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "Power of 10: Get the Dirt on Tetanus." Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District: "Kids and

The survey matches other estimates – a large US study suggested only 58 per cent of men and 75 per cent of women wash their hands after using a public bathroom.

“Young people were the worst performers,” says Lydia Buchtmann, the council’s spokeswoman. “They tend to think they are impervious.”

Many nasty bugs, including many serious respiratory infections, are shed in the stool of infected people. The germs get onto the toilet seat, and then onto the hands of anyone else who touches the seat.

If that person touches their mouth before washing their hands, the bugs can enter their body and cause disease.

SARS may have spread through this route. COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 70,000 people around the world, is closely related to SARS and probably spreads in a similar manner, experts say.

That makes washing your hands after using the toilet essential. Nurses and doctors who treated SARS patients were less likely to catch the disease if they washed their hands regularly, studies suggest.

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"I refuse to believe that anyone washes their hands when they're alone at home. The skin on your genitals is a lot less exposed than that on the rest I sometimes do it in front of people who I saw just washed their hands – I suppose it's out of respect for others. I guess I don ' t do it for myself, but for

Hand - wash scofflaws are hard to reform. By Gail Rosenblum Star Tribune. The problem: I am shocked and dismayed at the number of men who do not wash their hands after using a public bathroom. The urinal is bad enough, but I have often seen men leave the stall and walk right out the

Unfortunately, many healthcare workers are not great at washing their hands either. Hand-washing compliance dropped from 94 per cent at one major Sydney hospital to just 30 per cent when human auditors stopped monitoring people’s behaviour.

Keep your hands microbiome healthy

Australians spend millions on herbs and supplements to protect them against colds and the flu. They don’t work.

But washing your hands does.

A large meta-analysis of 30 randomised controlled trials found hand-hygiene education plus using normal soap cut the risk of catching a stomach bug by 39 per cent, and the risk of catching a respiratory illness like a cold or the flu by 51 per cent.

But don't overdo handwashing. Experts recommend soap and water instead of harsh antibacterials.

Your hands are home to a community of healthy bacteria, which depend on the skin's natural oils to survive.

When you wash your hands with soap and water, viruses and bacteria that do not belong on the skin get washed away. But healthy bacteria are capable of hanging on and surviving.

Overusing harsh antibacterial soaps may kill those healthy bugs, creating more room for unhealthy bugs to take hold.

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