"I'm tired and busy."

It was found that only 1 to 2 adults in 100 wash their hands with soap for at least 30 seconds after using the toilet in a public restroom.

It was also found that 3 to 4 out of 10 people do not wash their hands at all after finishing errands.

Today (27th), the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the results of the 2022 community infectious disease prevention behavior survey conducted with the International Korean Human Care Foundation.

The survey was conducted from October 7th to November 13th of this year, targeting 4,269 adults who used 99 public toilets nationwide.

As a result of the survey, the rate of washing hands after toileting among adults was 66.2%, similar to the previous year's 66.3%.

The rate of hand washing with soap was 29.4%, slightly lower than the previous year's 30.6%.

The so-called 'standard hand washing' rate, which is washing hands with soap for more than 30 seconds in public toilets, was very low at 1.73%, but increased by 0.29% from 1.44% last year.

The average time to wash hands was 10.48 seconds, up 1.33 seconds from 9.15 seconds last year.

So why not wash your hands after going to the toilet?

As a result of an exit survey targeting adults who used public toilets,

the biggest reason for not washing their hands was ① because it was annoying (44.4%)



② Because it didn't become a habit (20.2%) ③ Because I was busy (18.2%)

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It is also noteworthy that the rate of hand washing practice slightly differed depending on the condition of the bathroom.

The rate of hand washing practice in clean restrooms was 29.8%, and the rate of hand washing in toilets with promotional materials for hygiene rules was 32.0%, slightly higher than restrooms that did not.

In response, the Agency for Disease Control and Prevention explained, "In addition to improving awareness, it is important to have an environment where you want to wash your hands" and "it is necessary to install soap and promotional materials in public toilets."

According to the Agency for Disease Control and Prevention, hand hygiene through hand washing or alcohol-based hand disinfection is effective in reducing acute respiratory infections by about 3%.

It was found that the risk of infectious diseases was reduced by 25% and 35% when hand washing was practiced 5-10 times and 11 or more times a day, respectively.

Ji Young-mi, head of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, "As the Corona 19 epidemic continues, proper hand washing is more necessary than ever."