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Many Americans Skip Washing Hands After Using Public Restrooms

Medioimages/Photodisc(NEW YORK) --Many Americans are lax when it comes to washing their hands after using a public restroom, a new survey finds.

The survey, commissioned by the Bradley Corporation, a manufacturer of plumbing fixtures, finds 29 percent of respondents say they sometimes skip washing their hands and 1 percent confess they never wash after using a public restroom.

The survey also finds that 70 percent of Americans say they always wash their hands.  That’s good news, but 57 percent of respondents estimate they wash their hands for just five to 15 seconds, when in fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing for at least 20 seconds to allow enough time to rinse off germs.

Bradley’s Healthy Hand Washing Survey involved 1,046 American adults.

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