Business Insider recently reported that major airports are helping infectious diseases spread faster around the world. And the whole point is that passengers do not have the opportunity to wash their hands in time, through which pathogenic bacteria are mainly transmitted. In general, how often and thoroughly people wash their hands is influenced by the person's mentality. For example, the inhabitants of some countries from childhood are accustomed to washing their hands before eating and after visiting a person for religious reasons, while other peoples simply do not have such a habit. Scientists already know which countries are more hygienic than others. Judging by it, people with the cleanest hands live in Turkey, but the Dutch cannot boast of being particularly clean.
A map showing how often people from different countries wash their hands was published in the Big Think edition. It is especially relevant on October 15, when the World of Handwashing Day, founded in 2008, is announced. The holiday may seem very strange, but in fact, thanks to its existence, society remembers the importance of regular hand washing. The fact is that dangerous infectious diseases spread precisely through touch. And pathogenic bacteria most often enter the body through food - even if it is thoroughly washed, microbes can get inside a person through unwashed hands.
What diseases are spread through the hands?
Children under 5 years of age suffer most from unwashed hands. Poor hygiene is known to be the cause of pneumonia and intestinal diseases in children. At such an early age, these diseases can lead to the death of the child. Therefore, scientists believe that keeping your hands clean is the cheapest and most effective way to reduce infant mortality.
Hand hygiene is especially important in countries such as Ethiopia, Nigeria, India and the Philippines. It is in these countries that hand cleanliness is an important factor for the smooth growth of young children. However, judging by the results of a survey conducted in 2015, residents of not only these regions of our planet need to wash their hands more often. It turned out that even the inhabitants of Russia should have observed basic hygiene.
The map shows that residents of Muslim countries have the cleanest hands in the world. For example, 94% of Turks have the habit of regularly washing their hands, who need to be completely clean before praying. Also, 84% of Greeks, 83% of Serbs and 85% of Portuguese are carefully monitoring their hygiene. The decline in the number of people who wash their hands regularly can be seen by looking at Sweden, Germany and Finland.
The map shows what percentage of the population regularly wash their hands after using the toilet.
According to the map, only 63% of the population follows basic hygiene in Russia. Italians, to their great surprise, also cannot boast of perfect cleanliness of their hands. It is generally accepted that the Dutch pay a lot of attention to their hygiene, but the survey showed that they wash their hands less often than the Russians and Italians.