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Most Individuals say they may proceed to take preventative measures after the COVID-19 pandemic ends

February 08, 2021

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Most adults in the US intend to continue following preventive measures such as hand washing, masking and physical distancing even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, according to results from a national survey.

“Most of all, the responses to this survey reflect how seriously the pandemic has changed the lives of so many people.” Iahn Gonsenhauser, MD, Healio Primary Care, Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer at Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University.

Reference: Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. Poll: Most Americans Say They Will Continue Health Precautions After COVID-19

Gonsenhauser and colleagues interviewed more than 2,000 adults. The results showed that after the pandemic ended:

  • 72% plan to continue wearing masks in public;
  • 80% still want to avoid the crowds; and
  • 90% plan to wash their hands frequently and use disinfectants.

Gonsenhauser said he was “surprised and not surprised” by the results.

“On the one hand, I understand the type of trauma we have all gone through with the pandemic and how it will affect our forward thinking,” he said. “At the same time, I’m surprised that so many people are saying that they will continue to do these things after the pandemic has ended. That paints a slightly more optimistic picture than we are likely to actually observe. “

Iahn Gonsenhauser

Gonshenhauser also noted the significant impact preventive measures can have on seasonal influenza.

“If we look at what happened to the flu in the US, we have one of the best flu seasons we’ve ever seen,” said Gonsenhauser.

According to the CDC, influenza activity is “unusually low”. Latest data shows that of the 554,588 samples tested by clinical laboratories since September 2020, only 1,316 (0.2%) were influenza positive.

“If we can find a way to resonate this story with people who would rather not get as many colds or be unemployed with the flu for a few days, the low flu rates can help people realize these precautions are going not just about COVID-19, but about a variety of viral infections. “

References:

CDC. Weekly US Influenza Surveillance Report. Week 40. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/#PublicHealthLaboratories. Accessed February 5, 2021.

Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. Poll: Most Americans Say They Will Continue Health Precautions After COVID-19 Accessed February 5, 2021.

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