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eWellness: Tips on Water Hygiene
Dr KK Aggarwal,  25 October 2020
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  • Travelers should avoid consuming tap water.
  • Avoid ice made from tap water.
  • Avoid any food rinsed in tap water.
  • Chlorination kills most bacterial and viral pathogens.
  • Chlorination does not kill Giardia and Entamoeba cysts or Cryptosporidium.
  • Boiled/treated water is safe.
  • Carbonated drinks, wine and drinks made with boiled water are safe.
  • Organisms that cause diarrhea are not killed if you freeze the water. Ice in drinks is not safe unless it has been made from adequately boiled or filtered water.
  • Alcohol does not sterilize water or the ice. Mixed drinks may still be contaminated.
  • Hot tea and coffee are the best alternatives to boiled water.
  • Bottled drinks should be taken without ice and should be drunk from the bottle with a straw rather than with a glass.
  • Boiling water for 3 minutes followed by cooling to room temperature will kill bacteria.
  • Adding two drops of 5% sodium hydrochloride (bleach) to quarter of water (1 liter) will kill most bacteria in 30 minutes.
  • Adding 5 drops of tincture of iodine to 1 liter of water will kill bacteria within 30 minutes.
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