5 things you should do right now to fight the rising number of COVID-19 cases

With COVID-19 cases rising in more than half of the states, the next two weeks are critical for stopping a spike in cases. An epidemiologist reminds us to get back to the basics now.

Paulina Columbo, Graduate student, Public Health, University of Arizona • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  social-distancing  hand-washing  coronavirus-2020  mask-wearing

Ignaz Semmelweis, the doctor who discovered the disease-fighting power of hand-washing in 1847

A Hungarian obstetrician was the first to nail down the importance of handwashing to stop the spread of infectious disease.

Leslie S. Leighton, Visiting Lecturer of History, Georgia State University • conversation
April 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: history-of-medicine maternal-mortality handwashing history-of-science hand-washing disease-control contagion cleanliness handwashing-and-coronavirus

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

Coronavirus could hit homeless hard, and that could hit everyone hard

Many homeless people already have compromised immune systems. They are targets -- and conduits -- for COVID-19.

Michael Cousineau, Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California • conversation
March 13, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  infectious-diseases  public-health  covid-19  coronavirus  hand-washing  homeless  homeless-shelter

Vodka won't protect you from coronavirus, and 4 other things to know about hand sanitizer

Most commercial hand sanitizers are mainly alcohol, but forget about hitting the liquor store and mixing your own.

Jeffrey Gardner, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
March 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags:  bacteria  covid-19  coronavirus  microbes  microbiology  hand-washing  viruses  hand-sanitizer  quick-reads  questions-answered

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