Global study finds people are changing hygiene behaviours in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak

AWARENESS IS HIGH

95% of people globally are aware of the COVID-19 outbreak

Globally 77% of people are concerned by COVID-19

People understand what they can do to protect themselves from COVID-19

I can protect myself with good hygiene

I am familiar with the steps I need to take to protect myself

I am worried about going to crowded places

I am scared I will contract the virus

I have confidence in local authority measures to protect me

I am worried for the safety of me and my family

I am not impacted by the outbreak

CHANGING BEHAVIOUR, PROTECTING HEALTH GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT

COVID-19 outbreak has led to positive behaviour change

54%

washing hands more often

32%

avoiding touching mouth, nose, eyes

41%

using hand sanitisers more

29%

avoiding public transport

44%

avoiding crowds

27%

avoiding shaking hands

32%

staying home more

23%

disinfecting surfaces more often

With increased handwashing in all countries

MALAYSIA
76%
THAILAND
75%
CHINA
74%
JAPAN
60%
INDIA
58%
SOUTH AFRICA
51%
USA
48%
SAUDI ARABIA
47%
AUSTRALIA
41%
GERMANY
40%
UK
35%

GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT

COVID-19 outbreak has led to positive behaviour change The top three most trusted sources of information about COVID-19

International and local health authorities

International and local news sources

Family doctor/nurse/pharmacist

The spread of fake news on the outbreak had been labelled an ‘Infodemic’ by WHO. Use trusted sources of information to protect yourself from infection

HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF?

Follow global and local authority guidelines including:

Wash your hands frequently

Practise respiratory hygiene

Keep distance from others who are ill

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has named the disease COVID-19. The virus itself is called SARS-CoV-2

ABOUT THE STUDY

Multinational study of 11,000 adults across 11 countries

AUSTRALIA

CHINA

GERMANY

INDIA

JAPAN

MALAYSIA

SAUDI ARABIA

SOUTH AFRICA

THAILAND

UK

USA

11,000-person, 11 markets public opinion poll by Harris Interactive and RB, from 6-11 February 2020. RB is a leading global health, hygiene and home company inspired by a vision of the world where people are healthier and live better.

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