As France braces for a surge in cases of the new coronavirus, which is spread mainly by poor hygiene, a new survey suggests that some of the population may need to clean up their act when it comes to routine cleanliness.
The study carried out by Ifop pollsters for Diogene France, a company specialised in cleaning insalubrious housing, showed that as many as 24 percent of French men only have a “thorough” wash twice a week and five percent only once a week.
Health officials view frequent hand washing as a basic precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which has killed some 2,760 people around the world and infected more than 80,000 since it was first detected in China in December and has now spread to dozens of other countries.
Nevertheless, when it comes to hair care, French men are meticulous, the study suggested.
Commenting on the results, the head of Ifop’s gender and sexual health division, Francois Kraus, said the results showed that while things had “improved enormously” since the post-war period, sizeable “pockets of dirtiness” remain among men and the elderly.