The French confined to wash less often

Les Français confinés se lavent moins souvent

A small portion of the French declares to wash it less often than before the start of the confinement imposed to curb the new coronavirus, according to a survey the IFOP published Wednesday by the site 24 morning.

Yes, the gestures of the barrier and the washing of hands repeated have been adopted by a large majority. But only 67 % of the French surveyed say they practice a ” toilet full “, in the daily period of confinement, compared to 76 % previously, sees the FIFG. The institute compares the survey conducted on 3 and 4 April with another survey carried out in early February.

“This lack of routine is, as in previous surveys, a phenomenon that is rather masculine, affecting primarily older people, whose hygiene practices were instilled in her at a time when the comfort of basic health (such as running water, the bathroom, the shower…) was not as widespread,” noted the authors of the study.

61 % of men stated that they make a toilet to a full month once per day on average, compared with 74 % of the French. And less than half (49 %) of men aged 65 years and over declare that they are washed thoroughly every day, compared to 67 % of young people under 25 years of age.

The hygiene also depends on with which it is confined: it is among men living alone, the frequency of washing daily is the lowest (49 %, versus 70 % of men living in four or more in their homes).

A little less clean, the French confined themselves are also changing less often. 68% of men say they change daily underwear, compared to 73 % before the implementation of the containment, while 91 % of women change their panties every day.

41 % of men living alone admit particular don’t change underwear or boxer shorts every day, compared to 15% of women.

The absence of the port of underwear appears even as “the big trend this period of confinement,” according to the FIFG. The proportion of women that do never or almost never the bra fell from 3 % before the confinement to 8 % three weeks after its establishment, especially in young women or living alone. 5 % of men also say “never” to wear a slip, or ” almost never “, compared with 1% in February.

“While the fear of being infected with the virus has raised the compliance rate in terms of washing of hands at the highest levels, the social withdrawal related to the containment has promoted a relaxation of certain habits of personal hygiene and dress, especially among isolated people who do not need to give a good impression to others,” said Francois Kraus, director of Policy focus/News of the FIFG, in a press release.

The study was conducted by self-administered questionnaire in line from 3 to 4 April 2020, with a sample of 1016 people, representative of the population aged 18 years and over residing in metropolitan France.

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