What is already known about this topic?
Hand hygiene is one important measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other pathogens.
What is added by this report?
U.S. adult Internet survey respondents in June 2020 were more likely to remember to wash their hands after experiencing respiratory symptoms, before eating in a restaurant, and before eating at home than were October 2019 survey respondents. Despite improvements, <75% of survey respondents reported remembering to wash their hands in these situations in 2020.
What are the implications for public health practice?
Public health efforts should promote frequent handwashing for all, with attention to tailoring messaging to men, young adults, and non-Hispanic White adults. Particular focus should be placed on encouraging handwashing at important times such as before eating and after experiencing respiratory symptoms.
Haston JC, Miller GF, Berendes D, et al. Characteristics Associated with Adults Remembering to Wash Hands in Multiple Situations Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, October 2019 and June 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:1443–1449. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6940a2external icon.
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