The study details
Wladimir Alonso and colleagues from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland studied the activities of 249 people in public places like Florianopolis, the Washington D.C. subway and Brazil.
The team found out that people handled common objects at an average rate of 3.3 times every hour and then reached out to touch their faces 3.6 times an hour. As Alonso says “We are therefore likely to get germs on our hands far more quickly than they are washed off,"
Alonso, leading the study firmly believed that "There are many opportunities in between hand-washing episodes for people to re-contaminate their hands. If a deadly respiratory virus is around, this is something to really take into account,” he felt.
The study implications
It has been established by the researchers that contaminated hands can pass on infections to unaware individuals. Alonso feels that when the people are surrounded by a flu outbreak, they should be very careful and need to be reminded to keep their hands off their faces to avoid the spreading of infection. The people should also wash their hands regularly or use a good hand sanitizer to keep the flu infections at bay.
The researchers did say that there was no cause for alarm, this knowledge was necessary to boost the awareness regarding spreading of infection. They felt it was necessary for the people to be aware of increase in infections of the stomach due to norovirus and the flu virus in the winter season.
The research team also asserted that the immune system in the human body offers adequate protection to the individual against diseases.