About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Ways to Slash Flu Spread

by Sheela Philomena on February 1, 2012 at 4:37 PM
Font : A-A+

 Ways to Slash Flu Spread

Hand washing and masks could cut the spread of flu-like symptoms, reveals research.

The study found up to a 75 percent reduction in flu-like illness over the study period with hand hygiene and surgical masks, said Allison Aiello, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Advertisement

The results from both years of study found no significant reduction in symptoms in mask use alone, which suggests masks and hand hygiene should be used together, Aiello said, the journal Public Library of Science ONE reports.

At the beginning of a pandemic, vaccines probably won't be available immediately so one of the first lines of defence to stop the spread of illness will be non-drug interventions like hand hygiene and face masks, according to a Michigan statement.
Advertisement

"This means masks and hand hygiene may be a good measure for preventing transmissions in crowded living quarters," said Aiello.

The study was the first of its kind and received international exposure. The researchers recruited more than 1,000 students in the University's residence halls.

The students were assigned to groups who wore masks, wore masks and practiced hand hygiene, or did neither. They were monitored for the presence of flu symptoms or the flu.

Aiello and Arnold Monto, professor of epidemiology, are co-principal investigators of the study.

Source: IANS
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Test  Your Knowledge on Heart
Test Your Knowlege on Genes
Obesity in Teens Make Inroads into Early Atrial Fibrillation
View all
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Swine Flu 

Most Popular on Medindia

Noscaphene (Noscapine) Drug Side Effects Calculator Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Daily Calorie Requirements Blood - Sugar Chart Sanatogen Blood Pressure Calculator The Essence of Yoga Drug - Food Interactions Hearing Loss Calculator
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
×

Ways to Slash Flu Spread Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests