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Observe Clean Hands Week

September 18, 2012

ATLANTA — Many people may be surprised that 80 percent of all infectious diseases are transmitted by touch, according to a press release.

One of the easiest ways to help prevent the spread of illness is through proper hand hygiene; yet, a recent Harris Interactive survey has shown that less than one-third of U.S. adults report always washing their hands after coughing and sneezing, the release stated.

infographicAccording to the release, to help encourage more frequent hand washing and drying, Georgia-Pacific Professional presents a shareable infographic to coincide with The American Cleaning Institute's (ACI) International Clean Hands Week, September 16-22, 2012.

The infographic tells a cohesive story about hand hygiene deficiencies and solutions in the U.S. and serves as a public reminder to wash, the release noted.

"Illness prevention through hand hygiene is a crucial subject that needs to be discussed because its impact on public health and business operations is astounding," said Alex Volpe, vice president and general manager of the towel category at Georgia-Pacific Professional.

"It is important for consumers, workers and businesses to practice proper hand hygiene and to encourage others to incorporate it into their daily routines. We ask users to share this infographic as a tool to help spread wellness, as we know education can be directly tied to improved hand hygiene practices," Volpe added.