Water insecurity compounds the global coronavirus crisis

Staddon, Chad, Everard, M., Mytton, Julie, Octavianti, T., Powell, W., Quinn, N., Uddin, S. M. N., Young, S. L., Miller, J. D., Budds, J., Geere, Jo-Anne ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9071-2778, Meehan, Katie, Charles, K., Stevenson, E. V. J., Vonk, J. and Mizniak, J. (2020) Water insecurity compounds the global coronavirus crisis. Water International, 45 (5). pp. 416-422. ISSN 0250-8060

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In recent weeks, people all over the world have been settling into a ‘new normal’ of restricted mobility, online working, social distancing and enhanced hand hygiene. As part of the global fight against the spread of COVID-19 (the illness caused by SARS-CoV-2), we are repeatedly reminded by public health authorities that frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap and water is one of the best ways of limiting transmission. The rationale behind this is clear: washing regularly and thoroughly physically degrades and removes viral particles from hands, and therefore lowers the likelihood of infection transmission. Many health agencies are recommending washing hands for a minimum of 20 seconds up to 8–10 times per day. If washed in running water, the average hand basin tap uses 2–3 litres per minute, which implies a total water requirement of 8–10 litres of clean water per person per day, as well as appropriate soap and drying facilities (i.e. not a reused and possibly contaminated towel or rag).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Correction at 10.1080/02508060.2020.1769345
Uncontrolled Keywords: water science and technology,management, monitoring, policy and law ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300/2312
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2020 23:58
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 06:55
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/77162
DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2020.1769345

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