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The State Attorney of NY moves to dissolve the NRA; an update on the potential wave of pandemic evictions.

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The Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign's request for a fourth debate. Hawaii has a primary tomorrow, but there are only 8 vote service centers.

“Giving Germs the Boot” – Infection Prevention Week in MA

October 22, 2008

Boston, MA - Don't give germs a single chance. It's "Infection Prevention Week" in Massachusetts, and the focus is on helping people keep infectious bacteria at bay. Marilyn Kramer with the Partnership for Healthcare Excellence says most adults get about four infections a year and they're no big deal, but the potential for serious complications should always be kept in mind. She says some of the toughest bugs thrive in hospitals, so patients and health care teams have to work together to defeat them, and the basic rule is the simple fact that all need to wash their hands.

"You wash your hands as the patient, and all health care workers should wash their hands before and after touching you. If you notice that a physician or a nurse neglects to wash their hands, then remind them to do so."

Kramer says to also remember that infectious germs lurk in community settings like gyms and workout facilities.

"People need to remind themselves in the gym not to share personal equipment, to wipe down the equipment and to use flip-flops in the shower. I know these are common-sense things, but they bear repeating."

Kramer says infection prevention also needs special focus on children, reminding them to "cover their sneeze, please," as well as using their arms or elbows, not hands, to cover a cough. And to keep those hands clean.

More information on "Infection Prevention Week" is online at

Deborah Smith/Steve Powers, Public News Service - MA