22.10.2021 – 20:06
The Global Hygiene Council
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised awareness around the world that hygiene measures such as hand washing can play an important role in preventing infections.
Washing hands in the most risky situations is a proven and affordable way to reduce common infections by up to 50%. Research from University College London shows a decline in compliance with hand washing regulations: 44% of adults always washed their hands with soap and water in July 2021. At the end of 2020 it was 55%.
Urban facilities such as schools offer numerous opportunities for infection to spread, but unfortunately many schools do not adequately teach the benefits of hygiene to prevent disease. A survey conducted by the Global Hygiene Council highlights the need for better education about hand hygiene among primary school children. 40% of elementary school children do not always use soap to wash their hands and 47% mistakenly believe that clean-looking hands are germ-free.
A new study carried out in BMC Public Health was released, highlights that the time has come to promote hygiene education in elementary schools to improve hand-washing behavior and reduce the transmission of infections.
Lead author Kelly Schmidtke of Warwick Medical School explains: “Behavioral interventions help to change people’s immediate behavior for the better while at the same time promoting long-term habit formation. Improved education about hand hygiene in children can reduce absenteeism in schools and working hours for parents and teachers.”
The health authorities are warning of an impending “triple threat” from seasonal viruses, a renewed increase in COVID-19 numbers and peak numbers in seasonal flu and infections with the Respiratorischen Synzytial-Virus (RSV) in children. It is important to improve hand washing behavior to reduce the spread of infection.
The program Banega Swachh India von Reckitt is an example of a successful hygiene program at a school. As of 2014, the program has provided basic hygiene education to over 20 million children in India.
The Warwick Medical School study enabled Reckitt to The Hygiene Quest Develop – a new global hygiene improvement program that provides schools with a fun hygiene curriculum to advance education and improve the health of children and their families.
As new infectious diseases are particularly likely to break out in the years up to 2030, it is of vital importance that hygiene education in schools is used to protect the health of future generations.
Original content by: The Global Hygiene Council, transmitted by news aktuell