‘This Is the Time to Act Collectively’: Anticipating Coronavirus Spread, Groups Seek to Scale Up Handwashing and Hygiene Efforts

By Water News

By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue

In tweets and business tweaks, the world is relearning that clean hands are a first line of defense against disease and infection.

Amid the global coronavirus pandemic, handwashing and hygiene are swelling in urgency and support, even though the message being delivered is not new.

“It’s a known solution,” said Lindsay Denny, health adviser to Global Water 2020, a water, sanitation, and hygiene advocacy group. Denny was referring to hygienic practices being a safeguard against disease transmission. “We’ve known the solution for 150 years. It absolutely could be scaled and should be scaled up.”

Handwashing is a hard sell in calm times, when aspects of the health and medical industry like drug development attract more attention and funding than preventative measures. But today, the simple but potent combination of soap and water is having a moment that advocates are looking to take advantage of.

Though messages about handwashing and hygiene are breaking into the mainstream during the Covid-19 outbreak, the global nature of the pandemic is erecting extraordinary barriers to the movement of goods.

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WATER JOURNEYS, Fredericka Foster and Giana Pilar Gonzalez

By Featured Artists

We are embodied water, and yet when we think of who we are, we do not understand this critical fact. We need water as a baseline for our survival.   To perceive our oneness with water, we are exploring our own unconscious minds in order to understand the consciousness of water.   The idea that water is just a resource to profit from and abuse shows how detached we are from our mother earth.  We pollute, waste, and disregard water’s necessity for all of life.   To experience our intimacy with water, we have to return to our dreams, to spirituality and to art. As humans we are always trying to change, evolve, or present ourselves in different ways.  Water, on the other hand, changes states in a way that seems magical to us, and has much to teach us.   It is possible to think as water rather than about water.

Water helps create our culture and our memories through its inclusion in our cultural and spiritual traditions. We believe water is our equal. The element of water allows us to see our reflection in it, to see our human form. It serves us as a mirror. Water Journeys explores this idea through memory and mirrors, both real and metaphorical.  We use performance, video, and images that behave as Rorschach images through mirroring. We engage others to share their water journeys with the group using artistic means. As we explore our responses, we listen to the messages water has for each of us, and understand its critical role in our identity.

our websites: www.frederickafoster.com www.gianagonzalez.com

Water Journeys Fate Conference from Giana Pilar González on Vimeo.

Water Journeys – FATE 2019 Friday April 5th 4:45 -5:45pm from Giana Pilar González on Vimeo.

Rosalyn Driscoll

By Featured Artists

I explore the terrain of the body and the Earth by making sculptures, installations, collages and photographs that connect people to their senses, the elements, and the natural world. My interest in bodily experience and sensory perception led to making sculptures that integrate the sense of touch into their creation and exhibition; my book about this work, The Sensing Body in the Visual Arts, will be published this year by Bloomsbury. I project video onto and into my sculptures, transforming and animating the sculptures and giving body to the moving images; in a current sculpture-in-progress the projection screen is the viewer’s body. I’m collaborating with dancer/choreographer Paul Matteson to integrate my sculptures, my materials and his movement. I also work with water, developing an international art project on springs and groundwater—Water Serpent—and serving as dramaturg for a devised theater production on water—Moving Water. Read More

HotSpots H2O: Venezuela, Where Hospitals and Homes Lack Soap and Water, Announces First Coronavirus Cases

By Water News

For years, Venezuela’s healthcare system has veered toward collapse. Water, medicine, protective equipment, and other essentials have been in short supply. As the country reports its first coronavirus cases, experts fear the nation could be an ideal breeding ground for the disease.

“I am very concerned that in Venezuela there are no supplies, medicines, or even water in hospitals or homes,” Josefina Moreno, a university professor with a history of respiratory disease, said in an interview with Reuters. “The prevention measures that everyone is talking about are hard to comply with here.”

As of Sunday afternoon, a total of 10 coronavirus cases had been confirmed in Venezuela, according to Jorge Rodriguez, minister of communication and information.

After the first two cases were announced on Friday, schools across the country were closed indefinitely. Later that day, neighboring Colombia — which announced its first case last week and now has several dozen cases — halted all border crossings with Venezuela. The two countries share a 1,370-mile (2,200-kilometer) border.

Venezuela has also barred all flights with Europe and Colombia, and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó canceled planned street demonstrations.

The protective measures, however, fail to address Venezuela’s major vulnerability in combating the virus: a woefully unprepared healthcare system.

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