Why is Japan Free from SARS?
China, Hong Kong?and even Toronto?are infested with cases of SARS and it’s spreading rapidly. We know it originated in Asia, so why is Japan free from the disease? Experts says it’s all due to handwashing. Japanese children are nagged into washing their hands and gargling after meals from the time they enter elementary school, and the habit persists into adulthood. Infectious disease expert Hiroko Sagara says, “I think a lot of people still do wash their hands.”