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Phuket: The benefits of thorough hand washing

PHUKET: October 15 was Global Hand Washing Day, an annual event to improve and heighten the importance of hand washing.

Tuesday 6 November 2012, 06:05PM

As basic as it sounds, many people still do not wash their hands as thorough or as regular as they should.

Did you know?

Around 20 per cent of women and 40 per cent of men don’t wash their hands after using a public loo!

Ninety per cent of germs on hands are found under the nails. 

The number of bacteria can double in 20 minutes and after one day without hand washing; a single bacterium can multiply 2 billion, trillion times. 

We have between 2 and 10 million bacteria between fingertip and elbow 
Damp hands spread 1,000 times more germs than dry hands

The number of germs on your fingertips doubles after you use the toilet. Germs can stay alive on hands for up to three hours 

Millions of germs hide under watches and bracelets and there could be as many germs under your ring as there are people in Europe. 

Hand-washing is the most effective way to stop the spread of illness!

These food safety tips are provided by Stuart Baker from Food Hygiene Asia. Food Hygiene Asia, based in Phuket, works with resorts, restaurants and businesses delivering training and support to improve food handlers safety awareness.



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