Sunday, October 7, 2012

'Most Cavalier Towards Infecting Others'

'Most Cavalier Towards Infecting Others', Britons are among the 'most unhealthy people to be around in the midst of a major flu outbreak.' UK 'unhygienic during flu outbreak', Britons are among the most unhealthy people to be around in the midst of a major flu outbreak, research suggests. Of five populations studied, people from the UK were the least likely to pay more attention to basic rules of hygiene such as washing hands and sneezing into a tissue. Scientists carried out surveys in the UK, the US, Argentina, Japan and Mexico soon after the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic.

In each country, around 900 people were asked how they had modified their personal behaviour when there was a risk of catching the virus. Britons were consistently shown to have the most cavalier attitude towards infecting others. In particular, they were less likely to take extra care about coughs and sneezes, hand washing, travelling on public transport and keeping away from people with flu symptoms. Only 27% of British people questioned said that when swine flu was sweeping the country they covered their mouth or nose with a tissue more frequently when sneezing or coughing.


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