Handwashing in water-stressed countries major challenge in fight against Covid-19 -Ambika Vishwanath and Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman

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published Published on Mar 23, 2020   modified Modified on Mar 31, 2020


We are all being told that the best way to keep coronavirus at bay is washing hands with soap and water several times a day; authorities need to quickly come up with solutions for the large number of Indians who do not have access to enough clean water

“Bunty, tera saboon slow hai kya?” (“Bunty, is your soap slow?”), is the catch phrase of a popular TV ad. It shows a group of schoolchildren in a summer camp being instructed to wash their hands. Through it all, the tap is left running. Bunty vigorously scrubs his hands, claiming his mother says we must wash our hands for a minimum of one minute to be germ-free. His friend comes up and informs Bunty teasingly that it only requires 10 seconds with the advertised brand of soap. This popular messaging about hand washing in India typically ranges between 10 seconds for a ‘fast’ soap and a minute for a ‘slow’ soap.

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TheThirdPole.net, 23 March, 2020, https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/2020/03/23/you-cannot-wash-your-hands-if-there-is-no-water/?utm_source=third+pole+newsletter&utm_campaign=2b1dd80ca9-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_16_05_41_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4368

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