More than half of adolescents practice poor hand hygiene

4 June 2021

Only one in three adolescents are practising appropriate hand hygiene, a new global study involving University of Queensland researchers has found.

Dr Yaqoot Fatima from UQ’s Institute for Social Science Research said there was a renewed emphasis on adequate hand hygiene with COVID-19.

“We used data from the Global School-based Student Health Survey from 92 countries across the six WHO regions to examine the prevalence and correlation of hand hygiene practices in adolescents worldwide,” Dr Fatima said.

“Our results highlight that globally, adolescents practice suboptimal hand hygiene.

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