Children Hand Washing Statistics
The winter season in schools is always a very scary and burdensome time. Children get sick at much higher rates, and these illnesses and germs spread easily throughout a school environment. We teach our children to wash their hands, but how many of them are actually doing it?
Proper cleaning techniques and disinfecting of surfaces is needed for a safe and sanitary school environment. All green cleaning service companies should be targeting areas that are high in bacteria and germs.
Washing hands is one of the best ways to kill germs and prevent the spread of illnesses. Here are some startling and surprising facts and hand washing statistics about children!
– 22 million school days are lost annually due to the common cold
– More than two-thirds (32 million) of school-aged children ages 5-17 years in the United States missed school in the past 12 months due to illness or injury
– 52.2 million cases of the common cold affect Americans under age 17 each year
– 2 hours is the length of time that certain strains of E. coli, salmonella, and other bacteria can live on surfaces like cafeteria tables and doorknobs
– Salmonella infections are responsible for an estimated 1.4 million illnesses each year
– Infectious disease accounts for millions of lost school days and cost the U.S. $120 billion a year
– Teacher illness-related absences were on average 5.3 days a year, compared to an average of 4.5 days a year for children
– Only 58% of female and 48% of male middle and high school students washed their hands after using the bathroom. Of these, only 33% of the females and 8% of the males used soap
– And parents? One study shows 92% say they always wash their hands in public restrooms, but only 77% were observed doing so
Always Remember to Wash Your Hands with Soap and Warm Water for 15 Seconds!