Are we all OCD now, with obsessive hand-washing and technology addiction?

Behaviors that would have been seen as pathological a few months ago are now applauded as adaptive and resourceful. Where do doctors draw the line?

David Rosenberg, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Wayne State University • conversation
June 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health psychiatry obsessive-compulsive-disorder covid-19 coronavirus psychology ocd pandemic mental-illness therapy cleaning face-masks

Buildings have their own microbiomes – we're striving to make them healthy places

We spend 90% of our lives indoors, and every building has its own indoor microbiome. Can we learn to manage them in ways that support helpful microbes and suppress harmful ones?

Mark Fretz, Research Assistant Professor of Architecture, University of Oregon • conversation
April 17, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: covid-19 architecture microbiome microbes coronavirus-2020 cleaning buildings environmental-health

Coronavirus: household cleaning products can kill the virus – an expert on which ones to use

Here are the most effective cleaning solutions to keep your home free of coronavirus.

Lena Ciric, Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering, UCL • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  sars-cov-2  cleaning  soap

Viruses live on doorknobs and phones and can get you sick – smart cleaning and good habits can help protect you

The coronavirus, like many infectious diseases, can live and spread on inanimate objects in the world around us. An epidemiologist explains how and gives some advice on how to minimize the risk.

Joseph Eisenberg, Professor and Chair of Epidemiology, University of Michigan • conversation
March 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  public-health  covid-19  coronavirus  sars-cov-2  hand-washing  viruses  hand-sanitizer  bugs  sanitation  norovirus  cleaning  disease-transmission  phones  sick  sars-cov

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