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A huge LADbible poll has found that a whopping third of all people admitted they don't always wash their hands after using the toilet.
OK, I know it's a little early in the week to be talking about bathroom manners. But there are all kinds of germs, including E. coli, that you can pick up while using the loo.
With the coronavirus spreading across the globe, the UK government is urging people to wash their hands in a bid to fight against the virus.
How often do you wash your hands after going to the toilet?
- LADbible (@ladbible) March 3, 2020
Pesky germs are left on toilet seats, door handles, loo roll... and if you don't wash your hands properly, you risk taking those germs with you.
Despite the fact that we learned this in pre-school, it seems that a lot of people aren't up to scratch on their bathroom etiquette.
Out of 22,844 participants who were asked 'How often do you wash your hands after going to the toilet?', 71.2 percent answered 'Always'.
However, 18.8 percent said 'Sometimes', 5.1 percent answered 'Rarely' and 4.9 percent admitted 'Never'. As in, they never wipe those fingers clean after doing the deed.
That's over 1,119 people - people whose hands may have made you a cup of coffee this morning.
Obviously, we should all be mindful of proper hygiene when it comes to using the loo. Particularly at a time like this.
Just days after the government launched its 'battle plan' to combat the outbreak, a fresh batch of adverts will drive the message that regular hand-washing is the single most important action people can take in the fight against Covid-19.
This includes a video posted on the NHS's official Twitter page, which reads: "The best way to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus is to...
"Wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel, regularly throughout the day."
It goes on to say: "Catch your cough or sneeze in a tissue, bin it and wash your hands.
You can help stop the spread of germs like #coronavirus.
More info: https://t.co/HN2brbBNgc pic.twitter.com/HVrU4UN6cb
- Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) March 3, 2020
A poster on the issue adds that individuals should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds to be sure they're free from any germs that might spread.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "We all have a role to play in stopping this disease and that's what this expanded campaign is all about - making sure the public knows exactly what they should be doing to keep themselves and others safe.
"Washing hands regularly is the single most important thing that an individual can do."
So, there you have it - if you're part of the statistic who finds it a chore to rinse your mitts after using the loo, now more than ever it's important to consider hygiene a top priority.
It's okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD's aim with our Coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we're facing. For more information from the World Health Organisation on Coronavirus, click here
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