Experts have emphasized the importance of thorough hand washing in the midst of the coronavirus epidemic. But according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 4 Americans are not following the practice properly.
Repeated hand washing is important to help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease and other pathogens.
Men, young adults ages 18 to 24, and non-Hispanic white adults are most in need of hand hygiene reminders, the CDC said, “Special on encouraging handwashing at critical times before eating and after experiencing respiration Should be noted. Symptoms. ”
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The CDC said that there was little information about how Americans’ hand washing habits have changed since pre-epidemic times. The agency compared the Porter Novelli Public Services ConsumerSite Survey data from October 2019 to June 2020 with 3,624 and 4,053 respondents, respectively; The panel study was said to be representative of the American population.
Amid the epidemic, Americans were 2.3 times more likely to remember to wash hands after coughing, sneezing, or runny noses, doubled their chances of remembering to wash hands before meals, and cleaning hands before meals. They were 1.7 times more likely to remember. House.
The CDC wrote, “Despite these increases, however, less than 75% of respondents recalled having their respiratory symptoms, before eating at a restaurant, and washing hands before eating at home.” -washing.
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In addition, in both pre-epidemic and epidemic times, the percentage of older adults, Hispanic and black individuals is higher, and women recall handwashing more often than younger people, men, and white adults. Since minority and older older people are at greater risk of severe COVID-19, the CDC emphasized preventive measures in these groups.
The agency said the findings echo previous work that showed older adults and women experience a higher risk for themselves from COVID-19 and other respiratory epidemics, respectively.
Because the data were self-reported, the agency noted potential flaws due to social desirability bias, among other limitations.
According to the report, new research from Japan suggests that the novel virus can remain on human skin for up to nine hours, increasing the importance of good hand hygiene.
In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases on October 3, researchers at the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine found that SARS-CoV-2 outlined the influenza A virus (IAV) on human skin, lasting about two hours. is feasible.
“9-[hour] Survival of SARS-CoV-2 on human skin may increase the risk of contact transmission compared to IAV, which may accelerate epidemics. Proper hand hygiene is important to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infection, ”the researchers concluded.
Madeline Farber of Fox News contributed to this report.
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