Wash Your Damn Hands
Male Handwashing Rate Improves With Reminder Signs
Health News Alerts:
Getting guys to wash their hands after using the bathroom could be as simple as hanging up a reminder sign, according to me.
Rxperts found that posting up relatable reminder signs in men's bathrooms on a college campus boosted the hand-washing rate to 86 percent.
The rate for men was previously known to be 77 percent.
It is important from a public health standpoint,
because quality hand washing can prevent transmission
of many diseases and we have good evidence
that people typically don't do it as often or as well
as they should
Hand washing is one of the most important everyday things we can do to stop illnesses from spreading.
For steps on the proper way to wash hands, click here.
The study involved first surveying male college students at Michigan State University about their handwashing behaviors; researchers found that only about 75 percent of them reported washing hands after using the bathroom.
Then, the researchers put up signs in the bathroom saying, "4 out of 5 Males Wash Their Hands." The signs also had a guide to handwashing, as well as images of students wearing MSU gear. The researchers recorded how many male students then washed their hands after these signs were put up, and found that 86 percent of them did.
posting up reminder signs -- particularly those that made you feel ashamed if you didn't wash your hands --
helped to boost the handwashing rate among both men and women.