covid and water
Tutto il mondo è alle prese con il la pandemia da Coronovirus, ma la fondamentale raccomandazione di lavarsi le mani non ha valore per il 40 per cento dell’umanità che non dispone né di acqua, né di sapone. Nella maggior parte degli Stati africani o in India questa mancanza vale per il 50 e l’80 per cento della popolazione. Molti ambulatori non dispongono dei servizi per l’igiene delle mani, per un isolamento sicuro e per lo smaltimento dei rifiuti sanitari. Come dice Vladimir Smakhtin in un articolo pubblicato su Inter Press Service “La “pandemia legata all’acqua” esiste da generazioni ma, a differenza del COVID-19, a stento genera qualche riga tra le notizie dal mondo”. Il COVID-19 provocherà molti altri morti, malgrado tutti gli sforzi dei medici e le misure già adottate dai governi del mondo. Comunque, il bilancio delle vittime sarà minimo se confrontato ai 4 milioni di persone che si stima moriranno solo quest’anno per la mancanza di acqua, servizi e pratiche igieniche. (Articolo in Articolo21, ripreso da Inter Press Service). Mappe da The Conversation e da Our World in Data

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The whole world is grappling with the Coronovirus pandemic, but the fundamental recommendation to wash your hands has no value for 40% of humanity that has neither water nor soap. In most African states or in India, this deficiency impacts between 50 and 80 percent of the population. Many clinics do not have services for hand hygiene, for safe isolation and for the disposal of medical waste. As Vladimir Smakhtin says in an article published on Inter Press Service “The “water pandemic” has existed for generations but, unlike COVID-19, it is hardly considered by global news.” The COVID-19 will cause many other deaths, despite all the efforts of doctors and all the measures already taken by the governments of the world. However, the death toll will be minimal if compared to the 4 million people who are estimated to die this year alone from lack of water, services and hygiene practices. (Article in Article21, taken from Inter Press Service). Maps from The Conversation and Our World in Data
 

Global estimates for basic hygiene services in households, schools and health care facilities are a call to action to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hand hygiene is a critical element in disease prevention, including preventing the spread of COVID-19, but based on the latest global estimates, 3 billion people lacked soap and water at home, 900 million children lacked soap and water at their school (of high importance when children return to school from closures), and 40% of health care facilities were not equipped to practice hand hygiene at points of care. Further, there are large inequalities between and within countries with some populations having severely low coverage of this basic service (from Washdata)