10
Apr
2020
Emergency Preparedness

Shelter in Place or Evacuate? Are You Ready for an Emergency?


03
Apr
2020
Bleach
by Linda Golodner

When Does Bleach Expire?

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, household chlorine bleach—a mainstay of household disinfection—has become a sought-after commodity. We recently worked with several public health experts to develop a user-friendly poster on how to prepare a solution of bleach and water for disinfecting surfaces against the COVID-19 virus. But the question arises: Without an expiration date on the bleach jug, how do you know when bleach expires and that a solution made with it will be effective?... Read More »

20
Mar
2020
Bleach
by Linda Golodner

Kill Coronavirus by Disinfecting Surfaces with Bleach

In a nutshell… This article introduces a user-friendly poster featuring directions for preparing a solution of chlorine bleach and water to disinfect frequently touched surfaces against the coronavirus (COVID-19 virus). The poster may be freely downloaded. Directions given are recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   An image of the... Read More »

11
Mar
2020
Emergency Preparedness
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH, and Bruce K. Bernard, PhD

Preparing to Shelter in Place During the Coronavirus Outbreak

In a nutshell… This article provides guidance on preparing to shelter in place in the event that becomes necessary during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The interactive “Dr. Ralph’s Emergency Preparedness Closet” illustrates the supplies families will need to stay healthy and secure while confined to their homes. Also addressed are tactics for staying mentally... Read More »

06
Mar
2020
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Comparing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Influenza

In a nutshell… This article provides a comparison of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and influenza including how the diseases spread and affect human populations. Many of the steps people can take to avoid these illnesses are similar and are outlined here.   This man is correct in covering his sneeze, as both the influenza virus... Read More »

21
Feb
2020
Preventing Infection
by Heather Murphy, PhD, P Eng, and Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC

Can Coronavirus Spread through Defective Bathroom Sewage Pipes?

In a nutshell… New concerns have arisen about the potential spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 through improperly connected bathroom sewage pipes in an apartment building in Hong Kong. This article discusses how this new type of transmission could take place, which if confirmed, emphasizes the importance of maintaining properly installed residential drain plumbing to help... Read More »

31
Jan
2020
Public Health
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH, and Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC

Coronavirus: What is it and How Can We Prevent its Spread?

In a nutshell… This article provides an update on the coronavirus outbreak that began in central China at the end of 2019 and is currently sweeping the globe. Information on the “2019 Novel Coronavirus” is provided, including its likely animal origin, symptoms, how it is spread, and most importantly, how to help prevent its spread.... Read More »

17
Jan
2020
Child Care
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

RSV Cases on the Rise

In a nutshell… Cases of the contagious viral respiratory illness known as RSV are on the increase in the U.S. This article provides general and practical information on RSV, including national statistics, symptoms, warning signs of severe infection, and prevention.   This winter doctors are reporting a surge in cases of respiratory syncytial (pronounced sin-SISH-uhl)... Read More »

03
Jan
2020
Preventing Infection
by Water Quality & Health Council

Germ Prevention: Don’t Regift Germs This Holiday Season

In a nutshell… Holiday gatherings are prime locations for “re-gifting” germs. A free, downloadable Cover Your Cough coloring page from the CDC illustrates strategies to prevent the spread of germs. Children may color the germ prevention page and learn to cover coughs and sneezes and to wash their hands correctly. This article provides directions for... Read More »

27
Dec
2019
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

Staying Healthy During the Holidays with “12 Ways to Health”

In a nutshell… The “12 Ways to Health” is a song that promotes a dozen strategies for staying healthy during the holidays. It is a production of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” “Ways to health” include hand-washing, bundling up for warmth, managing... Read More »