Recently, Business Insider reportersreported that major airports are helping infectious diseases spread faster around the world. And the thing is that passengers have no 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 mentality of the person. For example, residents of some countries from childhood used to wash their hands before meals and after visiting a person for religious reasons, while other peoples simply do not have such a habit. Scientists already know the inhabitants of which countries observe greater hygiene compared to the rest. Judging by it, people with the cleanest hands live in Turkey, but the Dutch cannot boast of especially cleanliness.
A map showing how often they washhands of residents of different countries, was published in the publication Big Think. It is especially relevant on October 15, when the Worldwide Handwashing Day, founded in 2008, is announced. The holiday may seem very strange, but in fact, thanks to its existence, society recalls the importance of regular hand washing. The fact is that dangerous infectious diseases spread through touch. And pathogenic bacteria most often enter the body through food - even if it is thoroughly washed, microbes can enter a person through unwashed hands.
What diseases spread through the hands?
Most of all from unwashed hands suffer children under 5 years old. Poor hygiene is known to cause pneumonia and intestinal diseases in children. At such an early age these diseases can lead to the death of a child. Therefore, scientists believe that keeping their hands clean is the cheapest and most effective way to reduce child mortality.
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Hand hygiene is especially important in countries likeEthiopia, Nigeria, India and the Philippines. It is in these countries that clean hands are 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 basic hygiene should be observed even by residents of Russia.
The map shows that the cleanest hands in the worldpossess residents of Muslim countries. For example, 94% of Turks, who need to be completely clean before prayer, have a habit of washing their hands regularly. Also, 84% of Greeks, 83% of Serbs and 85% of Portuguese carefully monitor their hygiene. The decrease in the number of people who regularly wash their hands can be seen by looking at Sweden, Germany and Finland.
According to the map, for basic hygiene in Russiaonly 63% of the population follows. Italians, much to their surprise, also cannot boast of the perfect cleanliness of their hands. It is generally accepted that the Dutch pay a lot of attention to their hygiene, but a survey showed that they wash their hands less often than Russians and Italians.
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It is hoped that the published mapreminds people of the importance of washing their hands after going to the toilet and before eating. The more people develop this habit, the slower the spread of infectious diseases. This is especially true now, when residents of many countries are afraid of the coronavirus.