Not washing hands after going to the bathroom can spearhead the spread of various illnesses like shigellosis, hepatitis A, salmonellosis, etc. Washing the hands gets rid of germs present on the hands and prevents a person from contracting unnecessary illness.
Since childhood, we’ve all heard about the importance of washing hands after using the bathroom. However, as the years passed by and we entered adulthood, we seem to have forgotten its importance. Several people don’t bother to wash their hands after a visit to the bathroom, which definitely is a habit that needs correction.
In a ‘Hand Washing Survey’ carried out by the American Society for Microbiology and the Soap and Detergent Association, it was found that only 66% men and 88% women actually wash their hands after using a public restroom. If we were all taught in school how deleterious not washing the hands can be, then how come several adults forget to do so? If we’ve forgotten then it’s high time we refresh our memories. Let’s find out why exactly we need to perform this hand cleansing ritual every single time we visit the restroom.
Importance of Washing Hands After a Bathroom Break
People who don’t wash their hands after using the restroom are more susceptible to colds and other infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skipping hand washing after visiting the bathroom can lead to picking up of germs which can conduce to different infectious diseases. The person is at risk of contracting an illness every time he or she touches his nose, mouth, eyes, etc.