Wirthlin Worldwide, an international research firm, conducted a Hand washing Observational and Telephone Survey for adults in August 1996, and then again in 2000. It was conducted for the Bayer Corporation Pharmaceutical Division, in association with the American Society for Microbiology.
The research firm observed the behavior of 7,836 individuals (3,589 males and 4,247 females aged 18 years and older) in public restrooms and recorded whether or not they washed their hands after using the facilities.
The firm also interviewed a total of 1,021 adults about their hand washing behavior in several situations. Comparisons were then made with what people said they did and what they actually did, related to hand washing.
Among their findings:
In 1996, 94% claimed to wash their hands while only 68% were observed doing so.
In 2000, 95% claimed to wash their hands while only 67% were observed doing so.
In 1996 –
Men were observed washing their hands 61% of the time
Women were observed washing their hands 74% of the time
Men were observed washing their hands 58% of the time
Women were observed washing their hands 75% of the time.
The bottom line: It’s important not to just say you wash your hands- DO IT!