Hand washing could prevent H1N1 spread

October 15, 2009 6:08:35 PM PDT
Experts say washing your hands with soap and water is the most important way to prevent the spread of swine flu and a new study has found the best ways to remind people to do that.

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British researchers found that signs in restrooms that invoke peer pressure, shame or disgust are most effective at getting people to wash up.

They used electric sensors to track soap and water usage at public restrooms, and found that the messages that worked best were ones like "Is the person next to you washing with soap?"

Overall, they found that women were twice as likely to wash than men.

The study was published in the American Journal of Public Health.

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