20
Dec
2019
Disinfect for Health

What’s in Your Showerhead?


13
Dec
2019
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner, Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD, and Guest Author Edgar Chambers IV, PhD

Food Safety Tips in Recipes Help Avoid Food Poisoning

In a nutshell… A survey conducted by the Water Quality & Health Council found consumers fear getting sick from their holiday hosts’ poor kitchen hygiene. Survey statistics confirm unsafe food practices, but also that most people follow recipes. Research shows when food safety tips are included in recipes, safe food handling improves.   Holidays and... Read More »

29
Nov
2019
Bleach
by Water Quality & Health Council

What Can You Safely Mix with Bleach?

When tackling household cleaning chores, soap and water and a little “elbow grease” are sufficient for ridding many surfaces of dirt and grime. When cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces, however, disinfectants are needed to destroy bacteria and viruses like E. coli, norovirus, salmonella and listeria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other microorganisms that can spread illness.... Read More »

22
Nov
2019
Preventing Infection
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC

Preventing the Spread of C. diff Bacteria

“C. diff” is the antimicrobial-resistant bacteria Clostridioides difficile.1 It causes symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening colon inflammation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), C. diff causes about half a million illnesses and nearly 15,000 deaths annually. People of any age may become sick. C. diff infections cost Americans about $5.4 billion annually. C. diff is passed from person to person by the oral-fecal route. That is why it is important to wash hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and before preparing or eating meals. ... Read More »

18
Nov
2019
Food Safety
by Water Quality & Health Council

Many Americans Engage in Unsanitary Cooking Practices, Survey Finds

As millions of Americans dust off their cookbooks and browse recipe websites to prepare festive holiday meals, a new survey reveals that 1 in 3 Americans is concerned about getting food poisoning due to someone else’s poor kitchen hygiene. The survey found that concern is warranted, as many home cooks engage in bad hygiene and... Read More »

08
Nov
2019
Preventing Infection
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Flu Season Survival Tips

The World Health Organization calls flu, also known as seasonal influenza, “one of the world’s greatest public health challenges.” Every year approximately one billion people around the world are infected with the seasonal flu virus, and three to five million of those cases are severe, resulting in 290,000 - 650,000 flu-related respiratory deaths. The severity of each flu season is difficult to predict, so the public is encouraged to be aware and prepared. Here are our best tips to help you survive flu season.... Read More »

01
Nov
2019
Child Care
by Linda Golodner, Guest Author Kaitlin Greenberg, MPH, Guest Author Christine Ortiz Gumina, MPH, Guest Author Francelli Lugo, MPH, and Guest Author Michéle Samarya-Timm, MA, HO, MCHES, REHS

How to Sanitize and Disinfect Surfaces in Childcare Environments

Childcare environments are notorious for spreading infections. Parents can teach children to wash their hands, cover coughs and sneezes (with a tissue or their elbows, not their hands), and keep hands out of their mouths and eyes to help prevent them from getting or spreading an infectious illness. (See, for example, this CDC cartoon video.) Unfortunately, these lessons cannot be taught to babies and very young toddlers. ... Read More »

27
Sep
2019
Food Safety
by Water Quality & Health Council

Chlorinated Chickens and Food Safety

UK “Brexit” discussions are sprinkled with speculation about allowing imports of “chlorinated chicken” from the US under a potential revised trade agreement. What is chlorinated chicken and why is the topic so controversial? According to the National Chicken Council (NCC), a “chlorinated chicken” is a chlorine-washed chicken, one that has been rinsed with chlorinated water.... Read More »

13
Sep
2019
Public Health
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Shameful Scam: Drinking Sodium Chlorite Products as a Cure for Autism

Can drinking a chlorine dioxide bleach solution cure children of autism? There is no evidence that it can. Parents of autistic children, however, are being targeted by deceptive online ads for “Miracle Mineral Solution,” “Master Mineral Solution,” and similar products marketed with false claims of curing autism. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recent warning about these products, noting that ingesting them has made consumers sick and can even lead to death.... Read More »

06
Sep
2019
Public Health
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC

Back to School: How to Help Prevent the Spread of Germs in the Classroom

As students return to the classroom with brand-new backpacks and high hopes for a good academic year, an invisible army of microbes is preparing an attack on the little learners. Legions of cold and flu viruses are determined to circulate through the “student body” in a show of force that will make school PTA newsletter... Read More »