Researchers say regularly washing hands, cleaning surfaces would reduce need for antibiotics — which would slow the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

CARDIFF, United Kingdom — The coronavirus pandemic has changed many aspects of everyday life, including our focus on personal hygiene. A new report says keeping yourself and your surroundings clean isn’t just helping fight COVID-19, it may keep you from needing antibiotics after the crisis ends.

A paper released on behalf of the Global Hygiene Council (GHC) says basic hygiene practices like washing hands and cleaning surfaces at home can cut the risk of common infections by 50 per cent. The decrease makes it 30 per cent less likely you’ll need antibiotics to battle an infection.