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Only 21% cleaning hands appropriately in Japan amid pandemic: survey

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I can't count the number of times I have been in a public restroom And either heard or saw Someone Come out of A toilet stall And Just wet the tips of their fingers or skip washing their hands all together

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I was surprised to see a quite high 21%, but reading the article I realized they are just counting the number of times people do it without corroborating if it was done properly. Seeing how many people "wash" their hands without soap and that now supermarkets and other places are even placing paper towels with their alcohol (which should be left to dry by itself in order to keep its action for long enough to inactivate the virus) it is obvious that most people that clean their hands do not do it "appropriately".

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I've noticed that in winter many men at my workplace are less likely to wash correctly or sometimes at all in the cold water.

and sensei258.... You are not alone in witnessing people skip washing after the toilet. Quite a few seem to wash their hands BEFORE going...

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Not surprised.

Until the pandemic started most public toilets did not even have soap available.

Most japanese only “wash” their hands using a small amount of water and nothing else. It is slowly changing with the pandemic, but still at a concerning level.

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Since we are in the middle of a pandemic and this article is about washing/sanitizing your hands, I find it very strange that they failed to mention some extremely important notes.

Only 21% cleaning hands appropriately in Japan amid pandemic: survey

The way this is presented to us is wrong. this is about when, not how. Example(s): it’s better to use alcohol only after you wash your hands (with soap). wash your hands (and wrists) (with soap) for at least 20 seconds (about the movements, you can check it online). If this is not respected, then the survey is pointless.

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I don't cough or sneeze into my hands so I don't see the need to do any sanitizing. I'd like to see this broken down by gender, as from what I've seen, Japanese men do a pretty poor hygiene job.

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it’s better to use alcohol only after you wash your hands (with soap).

Alcohol is a "good enough" measure to disinfect when it is not realistic to have running water to disinfect your hands, like in the entrance of a business, but it has to be done properly to have any meaning and cannot replace a wash when the hands are actually dirty.

I don't cough or sneeze into my hands so I don't see the need to do any sanitizing.

If you touch anything other people touch you should sanitize your hands to prevent exposing yourself to the disease, and if you touch your face (as everybody does without even noticing) that still means you are going to contaminate anything you touch if you carry the virus. so you should disinfect them for that purpose also.

Coughing and sneezing in your hands is only one of the reasons why they get contaminated, not the only ones.

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No soap or hot water in most public loos, then wiping your hands on a piece of cloth you used many times before. Disgusting. No one bothers with the hand gel at supermarkets anymore, there should be a staff member there reminding customers to use it.

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Mr KiplingToday  08:47 am JST

Quite a few seem to wash their hands BEFORE going...

Car and truck mechanics always wash their hands first :-)

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sensei258:

I can't count the number of times I have been in a public restroom And either heard or saw Someone Come out of A toilet stall And Just wet the tips of their fingers or skip washing their hands all together

So true, from my observations before the pandemic inside JR toilets. I mean, we're talking about poo-poo! OK, so maybe this happens elsewhere, but please don't present Japan as being cleaner than every other place on earth.

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A lot of the public toilets in Tokyo actually don’t even have hand soap and only offer cold water to rinse your hands.

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There's never any soap provided to wash properly!

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One reason shopping malls may not have soap in their bathrooms, is that people like my friend steal the soap that is provided there

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The facilities at Enoshima are disgusting, no one wants to spend a second longer than they have to, never any soap anyway

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@Luddite

No one bothers with the hand gel at supermarkets anymore, there should be a staff member there reminding customers to use it.

Yes!! THIS!! I'm horrified how few people use the hand disinfectant gels or sprays at the supermarket/shop entrances anymore. I recently waited for a friend outside a store, and to kill time checked how many people went in, and how many of those cleaned their hands before entering. Out of 63 people, only 24 used the hand spray. During the first "SOE" in the spring, they had staff members spraying the hands of each customer, and also limiting the customer numbers inside. They've disappeared, even though the numbers have been way worse. They really should start this practice again.

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There is simply not enough soap available, although it is known that soap is quite more effective against the viruses than those alcohol liquids. That disinfectants would have to consist of alcohol more than 70% to be equally effective, but that’s rather bad for the skin. Maybe many already realized those dried out skin on their hands during last months of everywhere alcohol disinfectants.

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Bullsh. Don’t know about Tokyo. But my prefecture everybody washes their hand and as a result, no common cold.

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A lot of the men's washrooms here, I'm very sorry to say, don't even have soap! And was BEFORE the pandemic. It's no big surprise people don't know how to wash their hands. You should see the people in the bathroom of my gym -- they don't know how to bathe, either.

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P. SmithToday  10:44 am JST

The vast majority of hospitals in Tokyo have hand soap, but not warm water. Hospitals with no warm water for patients or visitors to wash their hands correctly. Talk about living in the early 19th century.

How do you know this?

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@P.Smith

Yet, most toilet seats will sing you a tune and give you a blow at the same time.

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The report also said if the pandemic worsens, it would require more rigorous education and an assessment of preventive actions

Shouldn't this have been done from the outset?

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Stupid is as stupid does.

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