After using the bathroom, 10% of people don’t wash their hands at all!
Studies have shown that 15% of men and 7% of women don’t wash their hands after using the toilet.
For those who do wash, 33% don’t use soap.
It’s even worse for school students age 8-17, as researchers found that 89% don’t wash their hands.
Because of the lack of hand washing, researchers have found that that the doorknobs of bathrooms harbor such bacteria as streptococcus, staphylococcus, E. coli, salmonella, and campylobacter
So what can you do to prevent infection in a public bathroom? After washing your hands, use a paper towel to open the door when you exit. If possible in an office setting or public building, the housekeeping staff should frequently wash the doorknobs to prevent the spread of infection.