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Handwashing falls to pre-Covid levels despite pandemic, study finds

Do it with lots of soapy bubbles, scrubbing for a full 20 seconds (or the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice). Rinse, dry and repeat as often as possible.

And we did. A June 2020 study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Preventionfound Americans said they were lathering up twice as often as they did in 2019.

In one Chicago hospital where the use of soap and sanitizer is electronically tracked 24/7 via every room entrance and exit, a new study found staff were 100% compliant just after the virus invaded our shores — much to the delight of infection control specialist Dr. Emily Landon.

“Our health care workers were really worried about Covid — they didn’t know who had Covid and who didn’t — so they were extremely careful with their hand hygiene,” said study coauthor Landon, executive medical director of infection prevention and control for University of Chicago Medicine.

Unfortunately, it seems we’ve all quickly gone back to our old habits.

Read the full article at: CNN

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Unheeded Warnings Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change on Communicable Diseases

Jeremy Hess, Rachel Lowe, Muna Al Maslamani, Laura-Lee Boodram, Anna Stewart Ibarra, Judith Wasserheit

With the emergent threat of COVID-19, this report focuses on threatening diseases that are a by-product of climate change and what type of policy measures should be intact to deal with this head-on.

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