According to a multinational study from Harris Interactive and RB, the maker of Dettol, Malaysia leads globally in increased hand-washing behaviour after the outbreak of Covid-19.
Malaysia is also one of the top countries that expressed concern about the spread of Covid-19. The survey revealed that countries closer to the epicenter of the outbreak recorded heightened concern. Malaysia shows the second highest level of concern at 91%, just behind India at 92%.
Evidently, concern of the coronavirus has led to actual real-world changes.
76% of Malaysians reported that they wash their hands more often, making us the #1 country with a positive behavioural change.
Globally, 57% women are more likely to adopt increased handwashing and hand sanitising as compared to just 51% of men.
But, older respondents (aged 65 and up) were less likely to improve their hand-washing behaviour. This is worrisome because this group is at the highest risk of complications from infections and fatality from the coronavirus.
The WHO recommends frequent hand-washing as the best way to keep yourself safe. See here for our guide on how to protect yourself during an outbreak.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.