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Why Is There a Gender Gap in Hand Washing?

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Handwashing with soap and warm water for 20 seconds -- along with staying home and standing six feet apart from others -- is the best weapon we have against the novel coronavirus that has infected almost 800,000 people around the world.

However, there's one big yet little discussed difference when it comes to this essential personal hygiene habit: Women are hands down better handwashers than men.
Years of surveys, observations, and research have found that women are more likely to wash their handsuse soap and scrub for a longer period of time than men ...