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Cor Dietvorst
Information Manager, IRCWASH
Asked a question last year

Besides this study https://wellcomeopenresearch.org/articles/5-98 is there any evidence on the effectiveness of hand hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection

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Hi Cor, thanks for joining the Forum. 

This is a great question and you are right that this study is relatively unique because they draw on a cohort where they have exisiting data about handwashing and so were able to use this as a baseline. In time I anticipate we may see more studies like this or perhaps case control studies that look retospectively at handwashing as a variable in transmission. Indeed we saw quite a lot of studies like this during the SARS outbreak and have similar studies for Cholera too. 

Even though we don't have many studies like this for COVID-19 we can still be confident about the effectiveness of handwashing with soap to destroy and remove SARS-CoV-2 from hands. This is because of how soap works at a micriobiological level. This is explained in this Hygiene Hub resource. 13

I also recommend this database of COVID-19 research15. Its easy to search and can be a useful way of keeping up todate with the latest evidence. 

The video below is also a great explainer. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7KKkElpyKQ&feature=emb_logo