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Hand washing survey reports surprising results

August 27, 2009
MILWAUKEE — Worries about the spread of the H1N1 influenza A (swine flu) virus have not changed the majority of Americans'' hand washing habits, according to a national survey conducted by Bradley Corporation, according to a press release.
According to the release, participants were from around the country, evenly divided among men and women and ranged in age from roughly 18 to 65.
Of the 1,020 respondents, 54 percent said they "wash their hands no more or less frequently" in public restrooms because of the H1N1 virus, the release stated.
Overall, 87 percent of respondents said they did wash their hands after using public restrooms, yet 55 percent of the group admitted they''ve simply rinsed without using soap on occasion, the release noted.
Jon Dommisse, director of marketing and product development at Bradley Corporation, said: "We found the response to the H1N1 question extremely surprising, especially since the medical community has said over and over that hand washing is the best defense against the spread of cold and flu viruses."
The survey also asked parents about their children''s hand washing habits, and they indicated the belief that their children wash their hands with soap and water 68 percent of the time after using the school restroom, the release added.
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