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One in three Aussies did NOT wash their hands after going to the toilet

One in three Australians did NOT wash their hands after using the toilet and less than half had trouble washing before eating food

  • The Food Safety Information Council conducted a survey among 229 people under the age of 25
  • About 31 percent said they didn’t always wash their hands after using the toilet
  • And a total of 51 percent said they didn’t wash their hands before eating food
  • Experts warned that Australians should wash their hands after blowing their nose

About a third of young Australians do not always wash their hands after going to the toilet, new research has discovered.

The Food Safety Information Council survey of 229 people also found that fewer than half of Australians under the age of 25 wash their hands before eating.

The figures have caused an alarm because coronavirus is spreading around the world with 15 cases in Australia.

About a third of young Australians do not wash their hands after going to the toilet, new research has discovered

About a third of young Australians do not wash their hands after going to the toilet, new research has discovered

Cathy Moir, chairman of the Food Safety Information Council, said that hand washing can reduce the risk of food poisoning and prevent the spread of viral diseases such as colds, flu, gastro-induced Norovirus and the COVID19 Coronavirus.

She said: ‘To reduce your risk of spreading bacteria and viruses, always wash and dry your hands before handling, preparing and eating food.

‘Wash hands especially after touching raw meat and poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs in the dish or unwashed potatoes, etc.

“Always wash your hands after using the toilet, blowing your nose or touching infected wounds or sores.”

The survey found that 31 percent said they didn’t always wash their hands after using the toilet and 51 percent said they didn’t wash their hands before eating.

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