We are experiencing a virus outbreak that is new in humans. The outbreak is challenging our lives. We may become more aware of how connected we are to each other and earth. We may learn the need to focus on protecting society (reduce collective risk) in order to protect ourselves (reduce individual risk).
Alanna Shaikh has a Master’s in public health and specializes in global health and health systems. She helps public health systems deal with severe shocks, such as Ebola and now, Covid-19. Here is a link to her recent Ted talk on Covid-19. She explains how the virus came to infect humans and how to protect ourselves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqw-9yMV0sI (16:46)
And here’s the reason why washing your hands is so important. Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water is better than hand sanitizer. National Public Radio’s Science Friday’s podcast this past Friday offered some new perspectives on hand washing benefits, our health care system, and viral infections. The information on hand washing starts at 14:30. https://www.sciencefriday.com/episodes/march-13-2020/