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Coronavirus: Why is Handwashing So Important?

Article published in International LabMate website (

In the global fight to flatten the COVID-19 curve one preventative measure is being stressed more than ever – handwashing. To slow a viral pandemic of any kind, experts assert that a focus on handwashing is essential, particularly at major airports. According to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, improving handwashing rates at just 10 major air travel hubs could drastically reduce the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

The findings of the study were published in the journal Risk Analysis just before the initial coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. While the study focussed on infectious diseases such as the flu, the authors say the findings are more relevant than ever in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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