Facial Self-Touching and the Propagation of COVID-19: The Role of Gloves in the Dental Practice
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Facial Self-Touching and the Propagation of COVID-19: The Role of Gloves in the Dental Practice

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dc.contributor.author Carrillo Díaz, María
dc.contributor.author Lacomba Trejo, Laura
dc.contributor.author Romero Maroto, Martín
dc.contributor.author González Olmo, María José
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-19T12:02:46Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-19T12:02:46Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10550/79977
dc.description.abstract Background: Despite facial self-touching being a possible source of transmission of SARS- Co-V-2 its role in dental practice has not been studied. Factors such as anxiety symptoms or threat perception of COVID-19 may increase the possibility of contagion. The objective was to compare the impact of control measures, such as gloves or signs in the reduction in facial self-touching. Methods: An intra-subject design was undertaken with 150 adults. The patients' movements in the waiting room were monitored with Microsoft Kinect software on three occasions: without any con- trol measures, using plastic gloves or using advisory signs against self-touching. Additionally, the participants completed the sub-scale of STAI (State-Anxiety) and the BIP-Q5 (Brief Illness Percep- tion Questionnaire); their blood pressure and heart rate were recorded. Results: The lowest inci- dence of facial self-touching occurred in the experimental situation in which gloves were intro- duced. The subjects with elevated anxiety symptoms realized more facial self-touching regardless of the control measures. However, the threat perception of COVID-19 is associated negatively with facial self-touching. Conclusions: The use of gloves is a useful control measure in the reduction in facial touching. However, people with anxiety symptoms regardless of whether they have greater threat perception for COVID-19 exhibit more facial touching.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health, 2021, vol. 18, num. 13, p. 6983
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.source Carrillo Díaz, María Lacomba Trejo, Laura Romero Maroto, Martín González Olmo, María José 2021 Facial Self-Touching and the Propagation of COVID-19: The Role of Gloves in the Dental Practice International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health 18 13 6983
dc.subject Ansietat
dc.subject Avaluació del risc
dc.subject Mesures d'excepció
dc.title Facial Self-Touching and the Propagation of COVID-19: The Role of Gloves in the Dental Practice
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.date.updated 2021-07-19T12:02:46Z
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18136983
dc.identifier.idgrec 147315

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