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Students wearing facemasks wash their hands before attending a class at a government-run school in Secunderabad, March 4, 2020. NOAH SEELAM / AFP

India and coronavirus: lack of access to handwashing facilities among poor makes fight even harder

In India handwashing practices have come under scrutiny as millions of Indian poorest return home from major cities. Many do not have access to basic amenities.
If it’s been out longer than four hours, it’s best to throw it away. By Merrimon Crawford

Health Check: when should you throw away leftovers?

Did you forget to put the leftovers away? If it's only an hour or two, that's OK, but as the temperature drops under 60 degrees, the risk of bacterial growth – and food poisoning – increases.
Let your tea towel dry out after each use to reduce its bacterial load. Shutterstock/antoniodiaz

Research Check: can tea towels cause food poisoning?

Yes, bacteria can accumulate on tea towels. But most of the bacteria the researchers found are not responsible for food poisoning or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
The usual culprit is the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, better known as “golden staph”. Shutterstock

What are school sores and how do you get rid of them?

School sores usually clear up within a few weeks, without any scarring. Here's what to do if you suspect your child has them.
People use the Wawa River in the Philippines for many purposes. Phoebelyn Gulunan, 2016

Sanitation projects will go down the toilet unless we ask people what they really want

Community participation is vital to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. But at the moment it often comes too little, too late.

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