Hygiene

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The urinary leash: how the death of public toilets traps and trammels us all
Britain has lost an estimated 50% of its public toilets in the past 10 years. This is a problem for everyone, and for some it is so acute that they are either dehydrating before going out or not leaving home at all

Emine Saner

01, Dec, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The psychology of masks: why have so many people stopped covering their faces?
In England, masks are expected and recommended in crowded and enclosed spaces – but not legally required. Many have abandoned them altogether. What would convince everyone to put them back on?

Emine Saner

26, Oct, 2021 @9:00 AM

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The war on woke is a war on decency | Brief letters
Brief letters: What’s woke? | Cornish hedges | Handwashing | Name abbreviations | Misheard in London

Letters

21, Jul, 2021 @5:26 PM

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New words for those stuck in a viral spiral | Brief letters
Brief letters: Handwashing | Old OS maps | Tory sausages | Sci-fi prequel | Covid neologisms

Letters

16, Jul, 2021 @4:18 PM

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Hygiene theatre: how excessive cleaning gives us a false sense of security
Covid-19 is a mainly airborne disease. So does our endless disinfecting and hand sanitising serve any purpose – or could it be worse than useless?

Sirin Kale

12, Jul, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Hot water helped me heal. A decade on, a bath is still the best part of my day | Brittney Rigby
There’s something special about a wintertime bath, and for those who deal with pain it can be more necessity than luxury

Brittney Rigby

17, Jun, 2021 @5:30 PM

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It’s none of my business how often you shower. But I can’t help wondering …
Rarely a week goes by without a new study announcing people have stopped washing. I know I should ignore them – but I’m gripped, writes the Guardian columnist Arwa Mahdawi

Arwa Mahdawi

12, May, 2021 @6:00 AM

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How evil are weevils? A guide to managing pantry pests
Food infested with moths, weevils or other beetles can be a major nuisance, but experts say there’s no need to panic

Natalie Parletta

10, May, 2021 @5:30 PM

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UK to slash funding for overseas water and sanitation projects by 80%
Scale of aid cut emerges in leaked FCDO memo, prompting experts to describe it as ‘a national shame’

Amelia Hill

28, Apr, 2021 @9:17 AM

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‘Clients want us to clean the air’: how the pandemic took hygiene to a whole new level
The past year has turbo-charged our relationship with cleanliness, raising expectations and turning many into germophobes. Has it gone too far?

Jess Cartner-Morley

24, Apr, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Tell us: have your hygiene habits changed during the pandemic?
For some people, the lockdown has changed the way we look after their health. Does this apply to you?

Guardian community team

14, Apr, 2021 @3:43 PM

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Relief in sight: Australian 'dunny hunt' launched to expand map of public toilets
One in four people is affected by incontinence, foundation says, and difficulty finding public loos is a ‘massive issue’

Mostafa Rachwani

03, Apr, 2021 @8:00 PM

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