He watches hands not being washed

handWashingImageIn this hand-sanitiser-obsessed era, Professor John Trinkaus, a man who studies things that annoy him, got annoyed. This resulted, inevitably, in a study called Hand Sanitising: An Informal Look.Trinkaus saw people being urged “to frequently wash their hands, or otherwise sanitise their hands, as a precaution against the flu”. But, he wondered, to what extent did the public respond to this hoopla? The answer apparently is: not much….

So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The Guardian.