To fight the coronavirus, wash your hands and support clean water access around the world. by Susan Barnett, USA Today, March 4, 2020.
We can’t build a wall around a germ. But we can wash our hands, and our government can help countries trying to improve their health facilities.
Never has my odd obsession with the lack of access to safe water, toilets and soap around the world become more relevant to the headlines.
Because nowhere is the absence of WASH (water/sanitation/hygiene) more abominable than in hundreds of thousands of health care facilities where infections are supposed to go to die.
With all this hand-wringing about the new coronavirus, two things need to happen.
First, this virus has no cure, no vaccine, no treatment other than resting, hydrating, cough medicine and pain relief. You get sick, you feel crummy. You wait it out and try not to get anyone else sick. But the better option is to not get sick in the first place.
There are only two ways to be on the offensive: Avoid sick people, which makes a big presumption that they and you know they’re sick, and — the single most important thing you can do — wash your hands.
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