COVID-19 PANDEMIC IS A RENEWED CALL FOR ‘SPEAKING UP FOR HAND HYGIENE

Authors

  • Noor Azizah Mohd Ali Critical Care Nursing Department, Kulliyyah of Nursing, International Islamic University, Malaysia
  • Thudawe Yohani Shavindi Dalugoda Former Scholar, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Emma L Ballard QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane Queensland, Australia
  • Jacqueline Jauncey-Cooke School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, The University of Queensland, Australia/Queensland Children’s Hospital Brisbane, Australia
  • Fiona Bogossian University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Australia

Abstract

As of the 31st July 2020, more than  17 million confirmed COVID-19 cases with over 668k deaths have been reported worldwide (World Health Organisation (WHO), 2020). The COVID-19 virus is genetically similar to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) (Nussbaumer‐Streit et al., 2020; Zhao et al., 2020). However, initial investigations of the basic reproduction number (Ro) of COVID-19 shows higher transmissibility than SARS and MERS (Zhao et al.,2020). The mode of transmission of COVID-19 is mainly through close contacts via droplets from human to human (World Health Organisation (WHO), 2020). Whilst researchers around the world are focused on developing a vaccine for COVID-19, transmission preventative measures become the most effective means of response.

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Published

2020-10-01

How to Cite

Noor Azizah Mohd Ali, Thudawe Yohani Shavindi Dalugoda, Emma L Ballard, Jacqueline Jauncey-Cooke, & Fiona Bogossian. (2020). COVID-19 PANDEMIC IS A RENEWED CALL FOR ‘SPEAKING UP FOR HAND HYGIENE. Malaysian Journal of Medical Research (MJMR), 4(4). Retrieved from https://ejournal.lucp.net/index.php/mjmr/article/view/1195