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Adults don’t increase their hand-washing habits during flu season and most don’t wash long enough.

The fourth annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey found that 57 percent washed their hands for 5 to 15 seconds.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing for at least 20 seconds and suggests singing “Happy Birthday” twice to allow enough time to remove and rinse off germs.

The survey also found 70 percent always washed their hands after using a public restroom, 29 percent sometimes skipped washing hands and 1 percent never washed after using a public restroom.



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