In a book titled, Whack-a-Mole by David Marx, the author writes about the history of hand washing: “Given the high propensity for clean running water in most restrooms, one might expect near 100 percent compliance.” However, Marx explains, there is only a 60% compliance rate. In hospitals. Gross.
If six out of every ten people in a hospital wash their hands, then about half the folks in your office, your congregation and your school follow proper hand-washing techniques. Grossitation.
Marx also points out that men are less likely to wash their hands than women and when in a public washroom alone, they are even less likely – as there is nobody to see you. And for those of you who “wash” your hands, washing is considered “fifteen seconds scrubbing with soap and water (and) not three seconds of streaming water.”