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Only 5% of People Wash Their Hands Properly

Misconceptions about hand-washing are as rampant as the germs themselves

A close up hand washing in the kitchen sink.
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WWhen a highly contagious stomach virus blew through a Colorado school district in November, sickening 30% of students and 20% of staff at one high school, some of the victims felt fine one hour and were vomiting in public the next. It was a reminder of how quickly…

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Robert Roy Britt

Robert Roy Britt

Health & science writer. Independent journalist covering physical health & mental wellness. My new book, “Make Sleep Your Superpower,” is coming Nov. 1.