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(84%) are not washing their hands long enough or often enough to get rid of the bacteria that can cause illnesses

Date: Thu 5th October 2017

Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) today discloses the shocking numbers of Brits who are falling behind on their hand washing.

Over the winter there is a huge increase in the prescribing of antibiotics for infections, which could have been prevented by good hand hygiene, or treated at an earlier stage by getting advice and medicines from a pharmacist.  

Germs that cause food poisoning, pneumonia, colds and flu can easily be spread by touch. They can be picked up from contaminated surfaces, objects or people, and then passed on to others. 

  • 2 in 3 people (65%) don’t always wash their hands before eating 
  • 1 in 2 people (50%) don’t always wash their hands after handling animals, such as pets
  • 1 in 3 people  (32%) don’t always wash their hands before preparing food
  • 1 in 5 people (21%) don’t always wash their hands after going to the toilet

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