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Find out why singing Happy Birthday while washing hands is so important

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Sep 29, 2017, 11:22 am IST
Updated : Sep 29, 2017, 11:22 am IST

Study says, singing the birthday while washing hands could stop people from catching colds, flu and nasty stomach bugs.

Study finds 2 per cent do not wash their hands before they prepare food and 21 per cent do always wash their hands after going to the toilet. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Study finds 2 per cent do not wash their hands before they prepare food and 21 per cent do always wash their hands after going to the toilet. (Photo: Pixabay)

According to The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, when it comes to washing hands, 20, is the magic number; in seconds for 20 seconds is the only way to get rid of viruses and bacteria that can cause colds, flu, infections and upset stomachs.

And that is how long it takes to hum along to Happy Birthday twice in a row.

 

The RPS is asking people to wash their hands more thoroughly as a way of cutting down need for antibiotics after it was releases that they are becoming less effective as bugs become increasingly resistant to them.

According to a RPS poll, 84 per cent people are not washing their hands for long enough, while 65 per cent do not always wash their hands before eating, and half do not wash them after touching animals including pets.

The poll further states that around 32 per cent do not wash their hands before they prepare food and 21 per cent do always wash their hands after going to the toilet.

According to RPS president Ash Shoni if a person does not wash their hands, they can transmit infections which then become a real problem for those who are more vulnerable, such as children and the elderly.

 

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