Why drying is as important as washing

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Se laver et s’essuyer les mains permet de faire reculer les infections respiratoires aiguës, 1ère cause de décès chez les enfants de moins de cinq ans, et de réduire de 40% les maladies diarrhéiques. Copyright AFP Photo

While handwashing with soap has been shown to cut down on fatal diarrhoeal diseases, soap and water alone cannot stop the spread of bacteria if hands are not properly dried, according to recent research from the UK.

“People think that after washing with soap and water, the job is finished,” said Anna Snelling, senior microbiology lecturer and one of the study’s researchers with the Bradford Infection Group at the University of Bradford.

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