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Hand Washing: Then and Now
Picture this: you and one of your co-workers are exiting a bathroom stall at the exact same time. As usual, you head over to the sink and start lathering up, while he walks shamelessly toward the door.
We’ve all been there before. He and others like him are the reason you keep a bottle of hand sanitizer on your desk at all times.
It’s common knowledge that regular hand washing is an essential component to good overall health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), proper hand washing with soap and water is the single most important means of preventing the spread of both viral and bacterial infections. A whopping 80% of infectious diseases are spread simply through the act of touch.
Funny thing is humans (well, some of us humans) haven’t always been such germaphobes. In fact, the lifesaving benefits associated with regular hand washing are a relatively modern discovery.
Click here to learn about Hand Washing Trends and History.