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Environmental Health & COVID-19 Resource Roundup: July 7, 2021

Jul 07, 2021 | Anu Varma

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has been releasing bi-weekly blogs consisting of an up-to-date collection of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) resources for our members working at the intersection of environmental health and COVID-19. See past resource roundups here.

Across NACCHO

Share COVID-19 Lessons Learned with Other Local Health Departments
One of the central themes of this year’s NACCHO 360 conference has been lessons learned from the COVID-19 and ways to improve the ongoing response. In the “Return to Schools” roundtable, Dr. Christopher K. Orlea, the Chief Experience Officer at AM Trace, asked all of the panelists what they would want to share with other attendees. NACCHO has developed a form that allows LHDs to share lessons learned from the pandemic. Access the form.

NACCHO Pulse Check: Assessing the Current Impacts on Local Vector Programs
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, NACCHO has gathered information on how the pandemic was affecting local vector surveillance and control activities. We are reaching out once more to do a pulse check on any continuing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on local vector program activities. Complete this brief survey to assess the current impacts on local vector program. Access the survey.

From the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU)

Webinar - Disinfectants, Sanitizers, and Reproductive Health

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 3 PM ET

Webinar Registration Link

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was much greater use of hand sanitizers and disinfectants. In this webinar, reproductive health experts will address concerns and information related to these agents and reproductive health. They will describe the principles of teratology used in determining risk for exposure during pregnancy and discuss selected disinfectants and antiseptics approved for use against COVID-19, including how they might affect pregnancy and lactation.

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

[Click on the poster to register!]

Image credit: EPA

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Efficacy of Portable Air Cleaners and Masking for Reducing Indoor Exposure to Simulated Exhaled SARS-CoV-2 Aerosols — United States, 2021: A simulated study found that a combination of HEPA air cleaners and universal masking can reduce aerosol exposure by up to 90%.

From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

FDA released a drug communication guidance warning that vapors from alcohol-based hand sanitizers can have side effects, and should be applied in well-ventilated areas.

From the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

Webinar: Re-Opening Tribal Schools and Buildings: This webinar on July 8 at 2 PM ET is designed for school administrators and other interested schools stakeholders in tribal communities, and will review the findings of a recent report from the John Hopkins Center for Health Security that considers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, families, and educators and summarizes current ventilation guidelines.


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Anupama Varma is a Communications Specialist for Environmental Health at NACCHO.

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