One of the many tips being suggested to avoid coronavirus infection is to clean your hands regularly. However, you will be surprised to know that a large part of the world’s population does not clean hands regularly.

Even many people do not wash hands with soap even after Hajat. Pete Hegseth, the anchor of the American news channel Fox News, has been more popular because of his controversies. But, Hesketh had created a ruckus last year by saying, ‘I don’t remember that I ever washed my hands in the last ten years.’ Many people frowned on this statement of Pete Hesketh. Somebody felt disgusted. And many people even wrote articles on what could happen to your hands after not washing your hands for a decade.

However, Pete Hegseth is not the only celebrity to do so. In 2015, American actress Jennifer Lawrence created a ruckus by saying that she never washed her hands after going to the bathroom.

That same year, a North Carolina state senator from the Republican Party of America said that it was an abuse of rules to pressure restaurant workers to wash their hands repeatedly. It may be that the number of people who do not wash hands for ten years is very less. People who wash their hands regularly after defecation have noticed that there are a large number of people around them who do not wash their hands even after defecation. According to a study conducted in 2015, about 26.2 percent of the people in the world do not wash their hands with soap after a bowel movement.

Robert Aunger, an expert at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, says, “Not washing your hands after defecation is a common habit.” You should know that we have been motivating people for this for nearly twenty-five years. But, still, the number of those following this rule is very less.

A big reason for this is believed that many people in the world do not have the basic facilities to wash hands. Such as soap and water. Only 27 percent of people in the world’s least developed countries have these facilities. The World Health Organization and UNICEF estimate that there are about three billion people worldwide who do not have basic soap and water facilities to wash their hands.

However, the dirty habit of not washing hands is not related to the lack of availability of resources. In countries where both water and soap are available in more than enough quantity. Only half the people there use them after going to the toilet.

After these figures, you might think that the greeting should be made a permanent way even after the corona period by touching the elbow.  

These figures further surprise when you come to know that in the history of humanity, the invention of the habit of washing hands has proved to be the most effective recipe for saving the lives of humans. Today, in many countries of the world, such as Britain, if the average age of humans is 80 years. Whereas in 1850, the average age of British people was forty years. This was the same period when the benefits of handwashing were first introduced.

According to a study conducted in 2006, if you clean your hands regularly, it reduces your chances of respiratory diseases from 44 percent to only 6 percent. After the outbreak of the Kovid-19 epidemic, scientists have found that in countries where there is a culture of washing hands regularly, its infection has reduced the country.

After all, what is the reason that there are so many of us, who are so vigilant about cleaning hands that they are encouraged to buy sanitizers even at a high price? At the same time, there are many people who have trouble even washing hands with soap. Now if even examples like new virus outbreaks and TV remote stools are not able to motivate them to wash their hands, then how can they be persuaded to get rid of this bad habit?

It seems that not having the habit of washing hands after stopping at the sink is not lazy. It depends on people’s thinking, from high confidence. Then what antics can make them disgusted. And there are other psychological reasons too, which make people like cleanliness or abstain from them. Experts who are trying to find these hidden reasons feel that they will be able to persuade people to keep them clean.

Robert Aunger says that people in developed countries avoid getting sick despite the bad habit of not washing their hands. Even if you fall ill due to this, then after several days. Till then, the idea goes out of people’s minds that there is a link between not washing hands and illness. Robert says, ‘Even when we talk about coronavirus infection, there is a gap of five to six days between getting infected and its symptoms coming out. In such a situation, it is difficult to think about the relationship between cleanliness and infection.

There is a reason behind the habit of not washing hands, people also have extreme confidence. Many people feel that nothing will happen to them. They will not get sick. Will not be infected. Even in mena and mice, extreme confidence in risk-taking has been observed. It is due to this belief that people keep smoking.

Or they continue to shop fiercely with a credit card. When there was an outbreak of swine flu in 2009, a survey on students studying in many big universities revealed that those students were confident that they would not get the disease. That is why they did not wash their hands. Often this habit of over-confidence has also been observed in nurses and doctors.

Social Concerns Are Also Important

Different effects of regular awareness about washing hands are found in many countries. In France, a study conducted on 64 thousand people from 63 countries, less than half of China, Japan, South Korea, and the Netherlands said that they wash their hands regularly with soap. Whereas, 97 percent of people in Saudi Arabia wash their hands regularly with soap after defecation.


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