This Is When You're Still Forgetting to Wash Your Hands, Study Says

A new CDC survey says you're most likely forgetting to wash your hands in these specific situations.

circle

We all know that frequent handwashing is an effective and important measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, according to the results of new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published on Oct. 8, a number of us are still not practicing this hygiene habit in some very critical everyday scenarios. Based on the CDC's survey of 4,053 U.S. adults in June, these are the most common situations in which you are forgetting to wash your hands. And for more guidance from the agency, check out the 50 Essential COVID Safety Tips the CDC Wants You to Know.

6
After using the bathroom in public

Shutterstock

Percent of people who forget to wash their hands: 5.2 percent

And for more on how coronavirus is impacting the country right now, check out Here's How Fast COVID Is Spreading in Your State.

5
After using the bathroom at home

seashell nautical bathroom, 80s interior design
Shutterstock/Roman Pelesh

Percent of people who forget to wash their hands: 10.4 percent

4
Before preparing food at home

Senior couple preparing food at kitchen counter. Female is looking at male seasoning meat. They are at home. (Senior couple preparing food at kitchen counter. Female is looking at male seasoning meat. They are at home.
iStock

Percent of people who forget to wash their hands: 14.3 percent

And for more helpful health information delivered to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

3
Before eating at home

Multicultural family eating dinner together
Shutterstock

Percent of people who forget to wash their hands: 25.6 percent

2
After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose

woman coughing while wearing face mask on couch
iStock

Percent of people who forget to wash their hands: 28.8 percent

1
Before eating at a restaurant

Dining inside restaurant during pandemic
Shutterstock

Percent of people who forget to wash their hands: 29.4 percent

And for more guidance on eating out, check out This Is What You Should Do With Your Mask While Eating, Dr. Fauci Says.

Filed Under
Best Life
Live smarter, look better,​ and live your life to the absolute fullest.
Get Our Newsletter Every Day!
Enter your email address to get the best tips and advice.
close modal
close modal
GET YOUR FREE GIFT
SUBSCRIBE