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Water insecurity compounds the global coronavirus crisis

Staddon, C.; Everard, M.; Mytton, J.; Octavianti, T.; Powell, W.; Quinn, N.; Uddin, S. M. N.; Young, S. L.; Miller, J. D.; Budds, J.; Geere, J.; Meehan, K.; Charles, K.; Stevenson, E. G. J.; Vonk, J.; Mizniak, J.


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Chad Staddon
Professor/Associate Head of Department: Research and Scholarship

Mark Everard
Associate Professor in Ecosystem Services

W. Powell

S. M. N. Uddin

S. L. Young

J. D. Miller

J. Budds

J. Geere

K. Meehan

K. Charles

E. G. J. Stevenson

J. Vonk

J. Mizniak


In recent weeks, people all over the world have been settling into a ‘new normal’ of restricted mobility, online working, social distancing and enhanced hand hygiene. As part of the global fight against the spread of COVID-19 (the illness caused by SARS-CoV-2), we are repeatedly reminded by public health authorities that frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap and water is one of the best ways of limiting transmission.Achieving clean hands is not difficult in wealthier households that have long enjoyed water services so reliable that they have stopped thinking much about it. But if handwashing is so important to the fight against COVID-19, what does this mean for the many people around the world who do not have access to a sufficient and secure supply of safe water to support this life-critical activity?


Staddon, C., Everard, M., Mytton, J., Octavianti, T., Powell, W., Quinn, N., …Mizniak, J. (2020). Water insecurity compounds the global coronavirus crisis. Water International, 45(5), 416-422.

Journal Article Type Commentary
Acceptance Date Jun 9, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 9, 2020
Publication Date Jun 9, 2020
Deposit Date Jun 10, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 10, 2021
Journal Water International
Print ISSN 0250-8060
Electronic ISSN 1941-1707
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 5
Pages 416-422
Keywords Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law; Water Science and Technology
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Additional Information Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope:; Published: 2020-06-09


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