A Crucial Approach to Public Health

It has been said before with numbing frequency, but probably the single most important public health measure in the world, and the cheapest, is simple regular and effective hand-washing. It is also practiced with alarming rarity. A recent study found that only one of 25 mainland Chinese – 4 percent – washes his or her hands properly. When it comes to men, the percentage falls even more, to one in 35.

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