While there’s nothing inherently good about catching coronavirus, the major shift around sanitation could be considered a silver lining amid the chaos. In terms of actionable measures that can be taken as a form of infection prevention, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends “frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes.”
You’d think that people would be singing “Happy Birthday” in unison at the sinks within the confined space of a public restroom (similar to animals in the wild at a watering hole), but the truth is that most of us don’t even wash our hands for the strongly suggested 20 seconds. B4 Brands claims that less than 75 percent of women and 50 percent of men wash their hands after using the toilet. The possibility of cross contamination shouldn’t be so shocking when there are people who will continue to make questionable cleaning choices and live in filth, but we digress.
According to a 2013 report from CBS News, 95 percent of people wash their hands incorrectly. The average person spends somewhere between six and 10 seconds washing their hands. (A recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2018 showed roughly the same results which is relatively concerning considering how five years passed.)