The study was conducted in 12 countries, including South Africa.
Virology Professor John Oxford from the UK released the results in Cape Town yesterday.
He says there’s been a steady decline in the world’s hygiene levels since the discovery of penicillin, and there’s a need to get the standard back to what it was.
Oxford says they found an interesting correlation between personality type, good manners and health.
“People who are tidy, and people who are orderly, people who are contentious in general, they get a high hygiene score, both in the home hygiene and then also in their own personal hygiene, which more or less amounts to washing their hands more than five times a day.”
Oxford says it’s hoped the research will make parents realise that hygiene characteristics need to be ingrained in children.
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