New research conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed just how important good hand hygiene could be in slowing down the spread of an epidemic.
The research found that 30% of people do not wash their hands after using the bathroom & of the 70% that do, only half of them do so correctly. In airports specifically, only 20% of the people are estimated to have cleaned their hands at any given time. Looking at data about global flights, the research calculated that if 60% rather than 20% of air travellers had clean hands, it could slow down the spread of infections by almost 70%. Even a 10% increase in people with clean hands could slow down the spread by up to 24%.
The conclusion of the research was that engaging the population in proper hand hygiene could be a simple & effective way of preventing infection transmission & reduce the risk of global pandemics.
We might not have a cure for this deadly disease yet, but these are some small ways we can all do our part in fighting & containing it.