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Stay home and watch TV to curb swine flu spread

Fri, Jan 23, 2015, 12:08 PM
New York, Jan 23: Apart from hand washing and wearing masks, watching your favourite shows on TV at home can also help reduce the spread of infectious diseases such as swine flu and influenza, a study has found.

"The data provides a good indicator for the level of social interaction because time spent watching television generally increases with time spent at home. When people are home, they are limiting the number of contacts they make," said Michael Springborn, an economist at the University of California-Davis.

Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as hand washing, staying indoors and social distancing can play a key role in reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

"The swine flu outbreak that hit Mexico City in April 2009 could have been worse but spread of the virus was reduced by people's behavioural response of distancing themselves from each other," Springborn explained.

The research was published in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases.
Agency: IANS

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