'Only 2 of 10 people wash hands after pee or poop'

Hand-washing is very important in preventing the spread of germs, especially after using the washroom, to avoid transmission of infections, health experts reiterate.
Date Posted: Aug 8, 2016

Hand-washing is very important in preventing the spread of germs, especially after using the washroom, to avoid transmission of infections, health experts reiterate. 

According to data from the World Health Organization, only 2 of 10 people worldwide wash their hands after exposure to feces or urine. 

“‘Pag hindi malinis ‘yung kamay, diyan kasi dumidikit talaga ‘yung mga infections kagaya ng bacteria, viruses, at kasama na rin ‘yung mga parasites,” said Dr. Gerald Belandres, a practitioner of general occupational medicine. 

Microbes lurking on hands, if not washed properly, could find their way to the face, or even to the mouth, and may result to bacterial infections that cause stomachache, vomiting, diarrhea or worse, hepatitis A and E.

In the study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, hand hygiene helps battle the rise of diarrhea and respiratory illnesses. 

Washing hands with antibacterial soap is likewise helpful in eradicating infection-causing germs, Belandres said.

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