Research conducted by Dettol and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has found that people with good manners at work and at home are more than twice as likely to be in good health.
Good manners are the basics of good health, which is being aware and thinking how our behavior and hygiene affects us and those around us,
The people with good manners tend to have more hygiene routines in place and take better care of their health and well-being. As a result, they suffer less from colds and cases of diarrhoea and are two-and-a-half times more likely to be in good health than those with poor manners.
The study also found older people look after their health more than young people and also have better manners.
Homemakers have the highest levels of personal and household hygiene, while office workers and students have the worst. Women also tend to be more hygienic than men. Everyone can change their behaviour and help to break the chain of infection
John Oxford, chairman of the Hygiene Council and professor of virology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, says that we are not powerless against infectious disease and everyone can contribute through simple hygiene measures such as washing our hands.