The Network for Public Health Law recently published a blog, Disappearing Public Toilets, Public Health and the Covid-19 Pandemic, which discusses the health risks associated with reduced access to public toilets during the COVID-19 pandemic. The article notes that reduced access impacts people experiencing homelessness, pedestrians on the street, as well as many workers such as taxi drivers, utility workers, and people doing street repairs. This reduced access limit people’s ability to wash their hands, contributing to the spread of COVID-19. Lack of access to public toilets in downtown San Diego also contributed to a recent hepatitis A outbreak, which spread to Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, and Monterey, CA, as well as Phoenix, AZ.
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