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Assessment of Hand-surface Touching Behavior among Individuals Visiting Dental Hospital in Gurugram, Haryana: A Pilot Observational Study

Amit Bhardwaj, Anurag Bhatnagar, Shalu Verma, Charu Khurana

Keywords : Behavior, COVID-19, Dental hospital, Hand and face touching, Inoculation, Surface touching, Touching

Citation Information : Bhardwaj A, Bhatnagar A, Verma S, Khurana C. Assessment of Hand-surface Touching Behavior among Individuals Visiting Dental Hospital in Gurugram, Haryana: A Pilot Observational Study. World J Dent 2021; 12 (2):121-125.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10015-1809

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 00-04-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Aim and objective: This study aims to find out the frequency for touching the various surfaces including mucosal and non-mucosal as well as the use of preventive measures from coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) among individuals visiting the dental hospital in Gurugram, Haryana. Materials and methods: A total of 34 individuals were observed over a period of 21 days for 60 minutes and the frequencies of their hand touching the various surfaces were recorded. Results: The result showed a higher frequency of touching the surfaces in females. Mucosal and non-living surfaces were more touched than non-mucosal surfaces. Conclusion: This study indicates that citizens must grab better concepts of infection spread to minimize the pandemic effect. Clinical significance: Checking self-inoculation behavior can be a method of prevention of disease spread in dental hospitals.

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