A research project conducted by the University of Hamburg (Hamburg Center for Health Economics) throw a light on the question, whether recommendations from WHO e.g. during Covid-19 pandemic were trusted and followed or not. Researchers from across Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Portugal and Italy) asked people during spring and summer 2020 on how they react on official reference.
- The recommendations about the advised behaviors to reduce the risk of a coronavirus infection have been wellcommunicated in all countries.
- It was asked about the familiarity with the WHO hygiene recommendations and about personal adherence to WHO guidelines (washing hands frequently, using alcohol-based hand rub, covering nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing, keeping social distance, avoiding handshakes, hugs and kisses, and touching face).
- Based on the data analysis, people in all countries reacted strongly to the coronavirus caused crisis and changed their behaviours.
- It is obvious that hand hygiene in general has been an important factor to fight Covid-19.
Source: Hamburg Center for Health Economics (PDF, 4 Pages): Link