Coronavirus: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th April 2021.

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Photo of Nadia Whittome Nadia Whittome Labour, Nottingham East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the public health risks of the use of hand dryers in toilets in public venues during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

At meeting 29 on 28 April 2020, Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies considered a paper on environmental influences on transmission of COVID-19 including the contamination risks of jet hand dryers in public bathrooms. The paper noted that hand hygiene methods may have a significant effect on hand contamination and subsequent surface contamination. The paper is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/environmental-influence-on-transmission-of-covid-19-28-april-2020

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