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
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.
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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