London: Britons take fewer basic hygiene precautions like washing hands and sneezing into a tissue against catching flu than people in other countries, a new international study has found. The survey by Harvard School of Public Health, showed that just one in five cavalier Brits tried to keep away from people with flu-like symptoms and fewer avoided shopping centres or sporting events during the flu season. Researchers carried out surveys in the UK, the US, Argentina, Japan and Mexico soon after the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic, the `Daily Mail` reported. Around 900 people were asked how they had modified their behaviour when there was a risk of catching the virus. Britons consistently had the most careless attitude. Flu expert Professor John Oxford, a virologist at the University of London, said the results were "terribly disappointing". "We have a lot to learn about avoiding infection. One explanation is that we have become complacent because we think drugs will always be available but it`s very likely we will get a novel infection at some stage when it will be critical to do these basic things to stop us getting it," he said.
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