Only 12% of people wash their hands before eating – despite them being more unhygienic than a park bench or escalator rail
- From escalator handrails to park benches, the most bacteria ridden swabs were still hundreds of times cleaner than the average pair of hands
- Experts recommend washing hands for around 30 seconds, despite most people thinking 15 seconds is long enough
The human hand harbours more harmful bacteria than public surfaces, a new study has found.
Researchers found the average pair of human hands is more unhygienic than escalators and benches in busy shopping centres and parks.
Yet only one in eight people always wash their hands before eating, the study shows.
Swabs taken from dirty looking surfaces in St Albans city centre and Luton Town Mall revealed a surprising lack of harmful bugs…
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