Malaysians Wash Their Hands 76% MORE After Covid-19 Outbreak
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.
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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.