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No one should fail hand washing test

March 16, 2019

It’s a simple test to pass, yet, almost everyone fails.

We’re talking about the simple task of hand-washing, and as a story which ran in the Wednesday edition of the Daily Journal indicated, virtually all of us are doing it the wrong way.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and clean water, either warm or cold.

Sounds easy enough, right? Nonetheless, research from the 2013 Journal of Environmental Health notes only 5 percent of people wash their hands in this manner, and not taking enough time is the most common violation.

This is important because hand-washing is considered the first line of defense toward preventing the spread of illness, and we’re coming out of a particularly acute flu season that rendered 20 million Americans ill throughout the last several months.

We’re all seemingly in a hurry these days and strive to accomplish tasks, especially the simple type, in quick fashion.

But 20 seconds really is no time at all in the grand scheme of things. As Wednesday’s story suggests, just hum the song “Happy Birthday to You’’ twice over while you scrub those mitts, and your goal will be reached.