Vatican publishes document on right to water access

Vatican publishes document on right to water access

Photo: People collect clean drinking water from a tanker sent by government authorities as part of measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in San Jose, Costa Rica, March 14, 2020. The Vatican said defending the right to clean water is part of the Catholic Church’s promotion of the common good. (CNS/Reuters/Juan Carlos Ulate)

Vatican City — Access to clean water is an essential human right that must … [more…]

Los Angeles will shut off water and power for nonessential businesses that refuse to close

Los Angeles will shut off water and power for nonessential businesses that refuse to close

LOS ANGELES ( KTLA ) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti opened his daily briefing Tuesday recognizing what may have been the first teenage COVID-19 death in L.A. County and went on to announce actions against nonessential businesses that don’t close and a new portal for recruiting medics.

He reminded young people that the virus can hit them too, urging them to stay at home and practice social distancing.

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Water shut-offs pose safety risks during coronavirus pandemic

Water shut-offs pose safety risks during coronavirus pandemic

Imagine this, if you will. You’re a young dad. Three children, 3, 5 and 7. They’re not in school or daycare because the schools and daycare centers in your state have been closed down because of COVID-19, a coronavirus that spreads from person to person and that has already infected more than 140,000 people and killed more than 2,800 people in the United States alone.

Your wife, meanwhile, is in … [more…]

No, drinking water doesn’t kill coronavirus

No, drinking water doesn't kill coronavirus

Photo: Man crossing the road with water bottles in a shopping trolly (Credit: Getty Images)

A rumour about Covid-19 has been spreading — that drinking water regularly and keeping your mouth moist can protect you. Here BBC Future examines the evidence.

First there was the bizarre suggestion that it can be cured with cocaine. After the erroneous idea circulated widely on social media, the French government had to quickly issue … [more…]

Coronavirus doesn’t jeopardize tap water, but it might be carried in raw sewage

Coronavirus doesn’t jeopardize tap water, but it might be carried in raw sewage

Brian Wright, 22, picks up bottled water out of a shopping cart while much of the bottled water has already been sold for the day at the Stater Bros. market in Rancho Cucamonga Monday afternoon March 16, 2020. Health, evnironmental and water officials say tap water is entirely safe from the new coronavirus because of mandatory treatment already in place. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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