WHO Report: Only 2 in 10 wash hands after peeing or pooping

  • A WHO study shows that only 2 in 10 people wash their hands after going to the toilet
  • This is dangerous since many germs are transmitted via the hands
  • Hand washing with soap and water, especially after contact with body fluids, is very important

While it may seem at first that washing one’s hands after going to the bathroom would be basic hygiene, a World Health Organization (WHO) suggests otherwise.

The WHO pointed out that only 2 in 10 people around the world actually wash their hands after exposure to urine or feces.

This is potentially dangerous since many germs are transmitted to the body via the hands.

“Hands are the main pathways of germ transmission during health care. Hand hygiene is therefore the most important measure to avoid the transmission of harmful germs,” explains the WHO.

If the hands are not washed properly, these harmful germs might spread to other parts of the body and eventually result to infection which would cause vomiting, diarrhea, stomach problems, among others.

Pag hindi malinis ‘yung kamay, diyan kasi dumidikit talaga ‘yung mga infections kagaya ng bacteria, viruses, at kasama na rin ‘yung mga parasites. [If the hands are not clean, that’s where these infections such as bacteria, viruses, and also parasites, stick],” general occupational medicine practitioner Dr. Gerald Belandres elaborated to ABS-CBN News.

As such, the need to wash one’s hands properly cannot be emphasized enough, especially after exposure to bodily fluids.

“Wash your hands with soap and water when hands are visibly dirty or visibly soiled with blood or other body fluids or after using the toilet,” the WHO reminds the public. In doing so, one minimizes the risk of infection.