Hand hygiene - a key pillar
Quicker, easier, more accessible and less wasteful ways of maintaining hand hygiene will continue to be vital in reducing transmission. A Cambridge University study found that by improving hand hygiene alone, infections can be reduced by over 58%. Readiness to deal with any future virus in high-traffic areas will be crucial to maintaining public confidence in health and security.
The problem today
The big issue with hand sanitisation is low take-up. This stems from ‘stop & dispense’ systems that are inconvenient and easy to avoid. The public have grown tired of Gel-based sanitisers, resulting in less than 0.5% take-up of sanitiser in the UK’s busiest railway stations.
Waste is also a problem with gel-based systems. They use more product and more plastic, due to the amount of refilling needed and the amount of sanitiser that is inaccurately dispensed.
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