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Demonstrating how a simple step buys time

The animated visualisation illustrating the effect that hand-washing has on delaying the spread of a virus.

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Dr Hannah Fry's tweet on @FryRsquared included a fantastic visualisation from her BBC Four show 'Contagion: The BBC Four Pandemic' which was broadcast in March 2018. The animated visualisation illustrates the effect that hand-washing has on delaying the spread of a virus.

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Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

It helped me understand that simply by increasing the frequency of hand-washing, I could help prevent the spread of the virus if I came into contact with it. 

When faced with something as overwhelming as a pandemic, it's easy to feel helpless, so the idea that you can take a small practical action to help others is really powerful. 

I thought it was a wonderful way of reducing a macro crisis right down to a micro action.

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  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

I retweeted Hannah Fry's tweet.

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • National Government
  • News: Television
  • News: Digital
  • News: Radio
  • Social Media

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Marketing communications consultant

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