The Guardian: Mask-wearing cuts Covid incidence by 53%, says global study

The Guardian: Mask-wearing cuts Covid incidence by 53%, says global study. “Globally, Covid cases exceeded 250 million this month. The virus is still infecting 50 million people worldwide every 90 days due to the highly transmissible Delta variant, with thousands dying each day. Now a systematic review and meta analysis of non-pharmaceutical interventions has found for the first time that mask wearing, social distancing and handwashing are all effective measures at curbing cases – with mask wearing the most effective.”

Study finds another reason to wash hands: Flame retardants (EurekAlert)

EurekAlert: Study finds another reason to wash hands: Flame retardants. “Harmful flame retardants may be lurking on your hands and cell phone, according to a peer-reviewed study published today in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. The researchers found that halogenated flame retardants added to plastic TV cases can move from the TV to indoor air and dust, to hands, and then to cell phones and other hand-held electronic devices. Once on your cell phone, that surface provides an ongoing source of exposure to these chemicals each time you touch your cell phone.”

CNN: 9-year-old Kenyan wins presidential award for building wooden handwashing machine

CNN: 9-year-old Kenyan wins presidential award for building wooden handwashing machine. “A 9-year-old Kenyan boy who made a wooden hand washing machine to limit the spread of Covid-19 received a presidential award on Monday. Stephen Wamukota, from Bungoma County in western Kenya, was the youngest of 68 people to receive the award from President Uhuru Kenyatta Wamukota built a semi-automatic machine to help curb Covid-19 in Kenya, which has reported more than 2,000 confirmed cases.”

USDA: Tips for Handwashing When Running Water is Not Accessible

USDA: Tips for Handwashing When Running Water is Not Accessible. “By now, many of us have heard several times that washing hands with soap and water is an effective way to get rid of germs, including those that cause foodborne illness. We are advised to wash our hands often, especially before and after handling food. This advice is easy to follow when we have access to clean, running water. But how do you wash your hands if you find that clean, running water is out of reach?”

Pornhub: Pornhub Announces Partnership with Creators of Amazon Dating to Launch Scrubhub, a Safe-For-Work Parody Site Championing Handwashing

Pornhub: Pornhub Announces Partnership with Creators of Amazon Dating to Launch Scrubhub, a Safe-For-Work Parody Site Championing Handwashing. “Pornhub, the premier online destination for adult entertainment, in partnership with creative duo Ani Acopian and Suzy Shinn, today announced the launch of Scrubhub, a collection of satirical videos made by everyday people as well as select models — including Brand Ambassador Asa Akira, Angela White, Austin Wolf and others.”

COMIC: I Spent A Day In Coronavirus Awareness Mode. Epidemiologists, How Did I Do? (NPR)

NPR: COMIC: I Spent A Day In Coronavirus Awareness Mode. Epidemiologists, How Did I Do?. “So I spent one day last week trying to be aware of doing all the right things. I mean, how hard can it be to wash your hands a lot and avoid crowds? I followed guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Then I asked epidemiologists to grade me. Scroll to the end of the comic to find out how I did.”

The Verge: This handwashing lyrics generator is here to save you from singing Happy Birthday

The first time I tried this it timed out, but the second time it worked. You may have to try it a few times. From The Verge: This handwashing lyrics generator is here to save you from singing Happy Birthday. “By this point, everyone (hopefully) knows that you should be washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, or as long as it takes for you to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice, to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases — including the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But now that we’re several months into the novel coronavirus outbreak, ‘Happy Birthday’ is starting to get a little old (creative hacks aside). So here’s Wash Your Lyrics, a new tool that automatically pairs the lyrics to a song of your choice with instructions on how to wash your hands properly.”