Study: More people remember washing their hands during the Corona pandemic
Friday – 22 Safar 1442 AH – 09 October 2020 CE
A student washes his hands in a school in Lagos, Nigeria (EPA)
Washington: “Middle East Online”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined the likelihood that adults would say they remembered washing their hands in six scenarios: After using the bathroom at home; After using the bathroom in public places; After coughing or sneezing; Before eating at home and in a restaurant, and before preparing food at home.
Comparing October 2019 to June 2020, the odds of a person remembering to wash their hands after coughing or sneezing were 2.3 times higher in 2020; Before eating in a restaurant it was twice higher; And before eating at home it was 1.7 times higher, according to research published in the CDC’s “Disease and Death Prevention” weekly.
In 2020, 71.2 percent of respondents reported that they remembered washing their hands after coughing or sneezing, compared to 53.3 percent in 2019.As for eating in a restaurant, the number increased from 55.2 percent in 2019 to 70.6 percent in 2020. And, before eating, the percentage of reported hand washing increased from 62.8% in 2019 to 74.4% in 2020.
Hand hygiene is one of the main ways to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, in addition to other pathogens.
Both men and women reported washing their hands frequently before eating at home or at a restaurant and after coughing or sneezing in 2020.
And in both 2019 and 2020, the report stated that “a higher proportion of elderly people, women, black people, and people of Hispanic descent remembered to wash their hands in multiple situations compared to young men, men and white adults.”
The authors said that the elderly, blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately affected by “Corona”; So it is especially important to communicate with them about preventive behaviors.
“Men, young adults, and white adults are still less likely to remember to wash their hands, despite improvements that have been made from 2019 to 2020,” the researchers said. This indicates that additional work is required to identify strategies to remind and motivate these groups to wash hands.
Another new study found that women appear to wash their hands, wear masks, and practice social distancing measures more regularly than men.
Not only are women better at taking preventative action, they are also more likely to express concern and listen to experts, researchers at New York University and Yale University said.
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