23
Oct
2020
Public Health

Extremely Rare but Deadly: Brain-Eating Naegleria fowleri Amoeba in Water


16
Oct
2020
Bleach
by Bruce K. Bernard, PhD, and Stephen A. Hubbs, PE

Chlorine vs. Chlorine Bleach: What’s the Difference?

In a nutshell… The terms “chlorine” and “chlorine bleach” are not always used accurately in reporting emergency incidents in which elemental chlorine gas or liquid chlorine bleach escape their containers. These two substances have different chemical and physical properties and represent different potential risks to human health. This article explains the differences between the substances... Read More »

09
Oct
2020
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

How Will COVID-19 Impact Halloween This Year?

In a nutshell… Many Halloween celebrations will be modified this year to include precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Depending on your county disease risk level and local restrictions, holiday activities can be selected that are appropriate without raising the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.   How are your fall and winter... Read More »

02
Oct
2020
Flu
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

What Will Happen When Flu Season Meets the COVID-19 Pandemic?

In a nutshell… As the Northern Hemisphere flu season approaches amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the same infection control measures used during the pandemic could help reduce flu cases. This article compares the two viral illnesses and the actions people can take to help prevent them.   What will happen when the 2020 flu... Read More »

04
Sep
2020
Outbreaks
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Airborne Coronavirus: What We Know Can Help Prevent Illness

In a nutshell… This article reports on a recent virtual workshop on the airborne transmission of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Based on the state of knowledge of this mode of virus transmission, experts outlined recommendations for modifying human behavior and indoor spaces to help avoid coronavirus infection.   Still image from a “shadowgraph” video of the respiratory... Read More »

28
Aug
2020
Preventing Infection
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC, and Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

The Battle against Coronavirus: Surface Disinfection with Electrostatic Sprayers

In a nutshell… This article introduces electrostatic sprayers as an efficient method of applying liquid chemical disinfectants to surfaces. This technology may have significant advantages in helping to control infection during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   Disinfectant is applied to exercise equipment through an electrostatic sprayer using a backpack model. Sprayer systems are available in... Read More »

14
Aug
2020
Outbreaks
by Water Quality & Health Council

Using Public Restrooms Safely during the Coronavirus Pandemic

In a nutshell… This article presents recommendations on using public restrooms safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These include classic infection control measures, such as good hand hygiene, as well as strategies unique to avoiding the coronavirus, including wearing face masks to avoid its transmission through airborne droplets.   As we venture out of our... Read More »

07
Aug
2020
Food Safety
by Bruce K. Bernard, PhD, and Linda Golodner

We Can Get Food Poisoning, Even during a Pandemic

In a nutshell… Food safety remains a significant public health issue in the U.S. during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Recommendations for avoiding foodborne illness include the traditional “clean, separate, cook, and chill” messages as well as common sense adaptations based on the “new normal” of life during the coronavirus pandemic.   With a Cyclospora recall... Read More »

24
Jul
2020
Preventing Infection
by Water Quality & Health Council

Bacteria-sniffing Dog Helps Identify Surfaces to Disinfect to Help Reduce C. diff Infections

In a nutshell… This is the story of Harley, a working beagle who is trained to identify Clostridioides difficile (aka “C. diff”) bacteria on surfaces. Harley prompts staff in a North Carolina medical center to disinfect contaminated surfaces with chlorine bleach, helping to reduce the facility’s C. diff infection rate.   Three cheers for sweet... Read More »

19
Jun
2020
Preventing Infection
by Water Quality & Health Council

Cleaning and Disinfecting Against Coronavirus: Are We Doing It Right?

In a nutshell… A new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey shows some consumers are misusing cleaners and disinfectants in their efforts to avoid COVID-19 (coronavirus). This practice can cause injury and may have led to an increase in calls to U.S. Poison Control Centers in the first quarter of 2020. Consumers... Read More »