Despite the threat of getting sick during cold and flu season, less Americans say they are regularly washing their hands.
The Report Card is based on a series of hygiene-related questions asked of 916 Americans during a telephone survey conducted in August 2008 by Echo Research.
Among the findings of SDA’s 2008 survey:
• Only 85% say they always wash their hands after going to the bathroom (down from 92% in 2006).
• 46% of respondents wash their hands 15 seconds or less. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and SDA recommends washing with soap at least 15-20 seconds.
• 39% surveyed seldom or never wash their hands after coughing or sneezing (compared to 36% in 2006).
• 35% don’t always wash before eating lunch (in 2006, 31% failed to wash up before lunch.
Summary and Key Findings