From the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, hand-washing has been touted as our easiest and most effective means of slowing or stopping transmission of the virus.

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According to the latest from the Centers for Disease Control, one in four people still aren't washing their hands.

I'll admit, I never thought much about the frequency of my hand-washing or its thoroughness until the pandemic started. And it turns out I'm not alone.

The Centers for Disease Control also found:

"U.S. adult Internet survey respondents in June 2020 were more likely to remember to wash their hands after experiencing respiratory symptoms, before eating in a restaurant, and before eating at home than were October 2019 survey respondents.

 

Despite improvements, <75% of survey respondents reported remembering to wash their hands in these situations in 2020."

So while most of us are remembering that cleanliness is next to godliness, it's definitely more on our radar now than it was a year ago.

The paper reports increases in reported handwashing in June 2020 compared to October 2019.

We seem to be around 2.3 times more likely to  remember to wash hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose;  two times higher before eating at a restaurant, and 1.7 times higher before eating at home.

Who's the grossest of all demographics? You might have thought children, but nah.

According to the CDC:

"Men, young adults aged 18–24 years, and non-Hispanic White (White) adults were less likely to remember to wash hands in multiple situations."