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Soap and Water & Common Sense: The Definitive Guide to Viruses, Bacteria, Parasites, and Disease

Soap and Water & Common Sense: The Definitive Guide to Viruses, Bacteria, Parasites, and Disease

by Bonnie Henry
Soap and Water & Common Sense: The Definitive Guide to Viruses, Bacteria, Parasites, and Disease

Soap and Water & Common Sense: The Definitive Guide to Viruses, Bacteria, Parasites, and Disease

by Bonnie Henry


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The definitive guide to fighting coronaviruses, colds, flus, pandemics, and deadly diseases, from one of North America’s leading public health authorities, now updated with a new introduction on protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, a leading epidemiologist (microbe hunter) and public health doctor at the forefront of the fight against the worldwide COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, has spent the better part of the last three decades chasing bugs all over the world — from Ebola in Uganda to polio in Pakistan, SARS in Toronto, and the H1N1 influenza outbreak across North America. Now she offers three simple rules to live by: wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, and stay at home when you have a fever.

From viruses to bacteria to parasites and fungi, Dr. Henry takes us on a tour through the halls of Microbes Inc., providing up-to-date and accurate information on everything from the bugs we breathe, to the bugs we eat and drink, the bugs in our backyard, and beyond. Urgent and informative, Soap and Water & Common Sense is the definitive guide to staying healthy in a germ-filled world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487008673
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

DR. BONNIE HENRY is a public health physician, a preventative medicine specialist, and an epidemiologist currently serving as the provincial health officer for British Columbia. Previously, she was the director of Public Health Emergency Management at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control and an associate medical officer at Toronto Public Health, where she was operational lead in the response to the SARS outbreak. She was also a consultant to the WHO during the 2001 Ebola outbreak in Uganda and on the STOP Polio eradication program in Pakistan, and she helped coordinate the response to the 2009 North American H1N1 pandemic. Dr. Henry is board-certified by the American College of Preventive Medicine, and she graduated from Dalhousie Medical School and completed a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, San Diego.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the New Edition ix

Microbes Inc.

1 Good Bugs, Bad Bugs 3

2 Humans vs. Microbes 30

Bugs in Our World

3 Bugs in the Air 75

4 Bugs We Eat and Drink 110

5 Bugs in the Neighbourhood 151

6 Travel Bugs 185

Top 10 Myths and Truths about Bugs 233

Top 10 Ways to Stay Healthy 237

Notes 239

Further Reading 252

Permissions 259

Acknowledgements 260

Index 262

About the Author 277

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National Bestseller

“Dr. Henry can deliver alarming news in a calm tone of voice, without relying on technical jargon; we pay attention, we absorb the news, but we don’t freak out. Treated like adults, we respond like adults . . . Those same communication skills are evident throughout [Soap and Water & Common Sense] . . . Henry writes clearly and concisely . . . Her narrative is full of surprising facts and bits of history.” — Tyee


“The public face of B.C.’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, offering daily updates in a soothing, measured voice.” — CBC

“One of the heroes amongst the countless doctors, nurses, first responders, and hospital workers.” — Daily Hive

“Seeing Henry’s leadership style on full display has been reassuring and, frankly, inspiring.” — CFJC Today

“With her constant presence and soothing voice, [Dr. Bonnie Henry] has mastered a balance between informing a public and keeping it calm . . . At a time when it seems politicians have to scream louder and assert their stance to be heard, Dr. Henry — or Dr. Bonnie as people call her — shows that confronting people’s anxieties with honest information, as it changes and even reverses, is what the public wants.” — Christian Science Monitor

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