2 tropical islands added to the highest-risk destinations list

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  • On Good Things Utah this morning – Two tropical islands half a world apart and popular with tourists — Jamaica in the Caribbean and Sri Lanka in South Asia — are now among the highest-risk destinations for travelers. That’s according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel advisories list, which was updated on Tuesday. Also joining the bulging highest-risk list during a global swell of Delta variant cases is the isolated nation of Brunei on the island of Borneo. People should avoid traveling to locations designated with the “Level 4: Covid-19 Very High” notice, the CDC recommends. Anyone who must travel should be fully vaccinated first, the agency advises.
  • Plus, if we’ve learned anything from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that hand washing is one of the simplest, most basic ways to stay healthy. But few people do it the right way, neither as often — or as long as — they should. According to a 2017 study there’s at least one thing hand washers can’t get wrong, even when they’re trying to wash off nasty germs like E. Coli: the water temperature. “Whether you use 60-degree Fahrenheit or 100-degree Fahrenheit temperature — or something in the middle — none of those temperatures had a significantly different effect than the other. They were all effective in removing bacteria from the hand,” said Donald Schaffner, distinguished professor and extension specialist at Rutgers, New Brunswick and author of the study. While some might believe that the temperature of the water is killing bacteria on the hands, that’s not true. It’s the act of washing that removes the grime.
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