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Washing your hands more than six times a day cuts coronavirus risk by a third, study finds

Washing your hands at least six to times a day makes catching infections such as coronavirus much less likely, a study by UK researchers suggests.

It looked at data, from 2006-09, on viruses structurally very similar to the deadly pandemic strain circulating now.

Coronaviruses are a family of virus that most usually cause mild illness such as the common cold.

And all of them, including the pandemic one, can be killed by soap and water.

Each winter the Medical Research Council asks people in England whether they have flu-like respiratory symptoms and tests those who do for common cold coronavirus infections.

And the study, published in Wellcome Open Research and awaiting peer review, found the 1,663 participants were much less likely to be infected if they washed their hands at least six times a day.

Hand-washing more than 10 times a day did not appear to cut the risk of infection further, however.

source: international-journal.com/

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