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Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19


The World Health Organisation has recently published a technical brief, "Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Waste Management for the COVID-19 virus". It is intended for all water and sanitation practitioners and providers and health care providers to be educated about water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) risks and practices.

The most important information concerning WASH and the COVID-19 virus is summarised here:

  • Frequent and proper hand hygiene is one of the most important measures that can be used to prevent infection with the COVID-19 virus. WASH practitioners should work to enable more frequent and regular hand hygiene by improving facilities and using proven behavior-change techniques.
  • WHO guidance on the safe management of drinking-water and sanitation services applies to the COVID-19 outbreak. Extra measures are not needed. Disinfection will facilitate more rapid die-off of the COVID-19 virus.
  • Many co-benefits will be realised by safely managing water and sanitation services and applying good hygiene practices.