• Typically there are between 10,000 and 10 million bacteria on each hand.
  • Damp hands spread 1,000 times more germs than dry hands.
  • The number of germs on your fingertips doubles after you use the toilet.
  • Bacteria 40 million years old have been extracted and successfully grown from a fossilised bee.
  • In 1918 more people died from the influenza virus (approximately 30 million) than died in the First World War (10 million).
  • When you cough germs can travel about 3 metres if you do not put your hand or a handkerchief  over your nose and mouth.
  • Studies show only about 70% of people wash their hands after using a public toilet.
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