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Handwashing: Then and now

September 24, 2012

Picture this: You and one of your co-workers are exiting a restroom stall at the exact same time.

handwashingAs usual, you head over to the sink and start lathering up, while your counterpart walks shamelessly toward the door.

We’ve all been there before; they and others like them are the reason you keep a bottle of hand sanitizer on your desk at all times.

Wash Your Hands, Ladies And Gentlemen

It’s common knowledge that regular handwashing is an essential component to good overall health.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), proper handwashing with soap and warm water is the single most important means of preventing the spread of both viral and bacterial infections.

A whopping 80 percent of infectious diseases are spread simply through the act of touch.

The funny thing is that humans — well, some of us humans — haven’t always been such germaphobes.

In fact, the lifesaving benefits associated with regular handwashing are a relatively modern discovery.

Read more about the surprising discovery of handwashing by reading the article in its entirety on