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As the world edges its way out of lockdown, and people head back to the office and public spaces again, Dyson investigates attitudes towards the washroom and general hand hygiene.
The message from leading organisations, such as the WHO, both during and after the pandemic has been clearly focused on the importance of frequently washing your hands properly, and the vital role thoroughly dry hands play. Experts have noted that hands can transfer germs if not washed correctly and that practising good hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses, which could lead to infection.
Results from the Dyson global study show that whilst people are more conscious of the importance of hand hygiene since the pandemic started, over one in ten (11%) people globally admit that they are more likely to leave the washroom without washing their hands, and 42% of people feel a lot more concerned visting a public washroom compared to this time last year. In UK specifically, this figure increases as almost half (47%) appear to be even more concerned visiting a washroom now compared to the same time last year. Over in the US, a fifth (20%) of male and younger people (19-29 years) are more likely to leave a public washroom without washing their hands.
Hands up for HygieneThe study also found that while respondents were concerned with hand hygiene, some still disregard the importance of hand washing and drying: leading health organisations stipulate you must wash your hands frequently with water and soap for at least 20 seconds – as well as dry your hands properly. The study revealed that since the outbreak only 40% of people stated hygiene considerations as their main purpose for washing their hands, for some it was just a habit (14%) and a small number like the feel of clean hands (11%). However, it also found that if the washroom has no working hand dryers or paper towels, some respondants were likely let them dry naturally (25%) or dry them on their trousers or top (15%).
This article first appeared on railway-news.com
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