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% of children 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 or tissue to turn the water faucets on and off, and use a paper towel to open the door when you exit.