Public Health England News and Media

04 Mar 2020

COVID-19: PHE comment on handshaking

Prof Paul Cosford, Emeritus Medical Director, Public Health England, said:

“We may get to a point where if we see more widespread infection we ask people to limit the social contact they have with each other.

“This could include limiting everyday interaction, although we’re not there yet. What’s most important at the moment is that people practice good hand and respiratory hygiene and wash their hands frequently and thoroughly.

“Our message is clear, simple handwashing with soap for 20 seconds is key to good hygiene and this will make a real difference in stopping this virus spread.”

Contact Information

Anthony White
anthony.white@phe.gov.uk