September 16, 2003


Study Finds Handwashing Disparities (Reuters, 9/16/03)

Rack one up for Canada: A survey of travelers at North American airports released on Monday found that nearly everyone washed their hands at the Toronto airport after using the restroom, in contrast to habits at some U.S. airports.

Here's the only thing I ever learned in a science class (an assertion the Darwinists will certainly believe): wash your hands before you go to the bathroom, not after--you presumably know where your plumbing's been and it should be reasonably clean, but who knows what kind of random gunk your hands have been coming in contact with over the course of the day.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 16, 2003 7:24 PM

Rack one up for Canada for me on this one. And I'm not too happy with the Canadians ... they're on a par with the Anti-American Americans in my book. Well some of them.

Posted by: genecis at September 16, 2003 7:46 PM

Hey, maybe it is because too many of us Canadians keep peeing on our hands.

Posted by: Peter B at September 16, 2003 8:59 PM


Sounds like you had a smart science teacher! A rarity today.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at September 17, 2003 7:18 AM

Possible conclusions:

* Canadians are cleaner
* Torontonians are cleaner
* Travelers going through Toronto airports
feel the need to be wash their hands
more frequently than at other airports (SARS?)
* The washrooms at Toronto's airports are
* Toronto airports are dirtier than other
* The eateries at Toronto's airports don't
provide cutlery
* Toronto is an Air Canada hub (draw your own
* The survey's idiotic

Posted by: Barry Meislin at September 17, 2003 7:27 AM

I was given the following tip when I started at a Fortune 50 R&D lab: Physicists wash their hands after, while chemists wash their hands before.

Posted by: DP at September 17, 2003 9:03 AM

And Psychiatrists wash them before, after, and during...

Posted by: at September 17, 2003 9:07 AM

For men (in most cases) it is possible to use
an airport restroom with making little or no
contact with "foreign objects". Why risk touching
a bacteria infested sink and then have
to use those foolish hand-dryers?

This has always seemed logical to me?

Posted by: J.H. at September 17, 2003 9:35 AM

Your waste products are wonderful food sources for germs.

Americans used to be much better hand-washing, but then we got lazy and came to rely upon the margin for error that antibiotics gave us.

Pleeeease, everybody, wash your hands _after_ you use the toilet, if only for the sake of people on chemotheraphy whose immune systems are shot to hell.

Posted by: Steve Sailer at September 18, 2003 12:35 AM