It is really that important to wash one's hands. If all people practiced proper hand washing with soap, it could save approximately 1 million lives every year, according to a 2003 Lancet Infectious Diseases report.
A single gram of fecal matter is estimated to contain at least 10 million varieties of bacteria and 100 million different viruses. Washing ones hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds after exposure to feces could help prevent up to 47% of the 1.7 billion annual worldwide cases of diarrheal diseases, which causes the deaths of over 750,000 children under the age of five every year.
More about hand washing :
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends humming the “Happy Birthday” song two times as the optimal minimum length of time to wash hands.
- Less than one-fifth of mothers in developing countries are thought to wash their hands, which may be due to lack of a water supply.
- Over 20% of the cases of the common cold could be prevented by proper hand washing hygiene, according to the CDC.