The Fate of H1N1 May Be In Your Hands

"Swine flu" travels quickly from fingers to faces

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

As we await the peak season for the H1N1 virus, one simple act may prevent the spread of infection: washing your hands. According to new research in the journal Risk Analysis, one-third of the risk for H1N1 infection comes from hand-to-face contact. We talk with Tara Parker-Pope, who writes the "Well" column for the New York Times, about why the routine act of washing your hands can have such big consequences for public health.

Guests:

Tara Parker-Pope

Comments [1]

Realistic

Hello,

You have not read the recently released study, funded by the Center for Disease Control which indicates hand hygiene and facemasks are not statisticlly relevent in preventing the spread of influenza in a household;

So all this talk about hand hygiene being the beat all end all is propaganda.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19652172

"Hand hygiene without or with facemasks seemed to reduce influenza transmission, but the differences in transmission compared with the control group were not statistically significant"

Sep. 15 2009 07:21 AM

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