Facts on Hand Hygiene
US CDC Facts on Hand Hygiene
- It is estimated that washing hands with soap and water could reduce diarrheal disease-associated deaths by up to 50%.
- Researchers in London estimate that if everyone routinely washed their hands, a million deaths a year could be prevented.
- A large percentage of foodborne disease outbreaks are spread by contaminated hands. Appropriate hand washing practices can reduce the risk of foodborne illness and other infections.
- Hand washing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16%.
- The use of an alcohol gel hand sanitizer in the classroom provided an overall reduction in absenteeism due to infection by 19.8% among 16 elementary schools and 6,000 students.
- More than 50% of healthy persons have Staphylococcus aureus living in or on their nasal passages, throats, hair, or skin.
- Within the first 15 minutes of bathing, the average person sheds 6 x 106 colony forming units (CFU) of Staphylococcus aureus .
- The average individual swimmer contributes at least 0.14 grams of fecal material to the water, usually within the first 15 minutes of entering. Showering with soap before swimming helps stop the spread of germs by removing fecal material from the body.
- Trachoma, the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide, is related to the lack of facial hygiene.
- Reducing the spread of infections by hands is major concern of many suppliers of cleaning products to healthcare and educational institutions.
- Institutions (education, healthcare) dispense antibacterial hand soaps and hand sanitizers to reduce the spread of infections by hands.
- To support the efforts by our educational and healthcare institutions, Surety Laboratories offers a range of antimicrobial ingredients and formulated products to responsible manufacturers and marketers of antibacterial hand soaps and hand sanitizers.