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Are homeless shelters sanitary, or do they spread disease?

Are homeless shelters sanitary, or do they spread disease?

Most are sanitary: Shelters work to prevent spread of communicable diseases, maintain clean and healthful facilities and there are both state and federal regulations regarding the health and safety standards and food and nutrituon regulations. Providence for disease control, hand washing, food handling, injury and burn prevention, staff and client health vary by site, but generally exist to maintain sanitization. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Homeless Shelters (Definition)

Homeless shelters are temporary places of residence for individuals without homes or places to reside. Such shelters often provide additional services to the community as support ...Read more


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Should people that cook and serve food in homeless shelters wear hairnets?

Should people that cook and serve food in homeless shelters wear hairnets?

Good idea: The same sanitary precautions that apply to persons cooking and serving food in any setting should apply to the service in homeless shelters. ...Read more

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Can i get a disease from an unethical dentist placing someone elses rotten teeth in my mouth without my consent while i under? I recently stayed at a place that claimed that they help homeless people with shelter. There was a sign up that said that the p

Can i get a disease from an unethical dentist placing someone elses rotten teeth in my mouth without my consent while i under? I recently stayed at a place that claimed that they help homeless people with shelter.  There was a sign up that said that the p

You : You clearly sound very upset about this. I am concerned about the health of your teeth, but am also concerned about your mental health. It is possible for an individual to perpetually think that others are out to harm him or her. Granted, there are dangers in the world but some people are more apt to see things as threatening or dangerous. Have you received mental health care in the past? This would likely benefit you. ...Read more

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I have to stay in a shelter with lots of people. If someone has Zika, are we all going to catch it?

I have to stay in a shelter with lots of people. If someone has Zika, are we all going to catch it?

No: The Zika virus is only spread through mosquito bites or sex with an infected person. If you wear long sleeves, long pants you can reduce risk of mosquito bites. Most adults only have mild symptoms if they contract Zika (fever, rash, joint pains) and recover without any side effects. ...Read more

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What actually causes someone to die if they are caught withtout shelter and get hypothermia?

What actually causes someone  to die if they are caught withtout shelter and get hypothermia?

Usually heart stops: Definition: below 95 degrees: depending on the body temp: between 95-89.6 - poor peripheral circulation, shivering, apathy, lethargy, confusion and rapid heart rate; between 89.6-82.4 - shivering stops, increased confusion or delirium, slowing heart rate and irregular heart rate; below 82.4 coma, ventricular fibrillation (type of cardiac arrest), may look dead; below 68 brain activity stops. ...Read more

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Are prefab shower units as safe as porcelain and ceramic bathrooms for shelter in tornado?

Are prefab shower units as safe as porcelain and ceramic bathrooms for shelter in tornado?

Not the shower type: It isn't necessarily the shower type that matters rather the type of room that you are in. Most bathrooms are an inside room and the center of the home is typically the safest place to be. Granted, a more stable shower can also provide a lot of support, the type of tub should not keep you from seeking shelter. ...Read more

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Some cousins live in tornado alley. What can they do to reassure their kids they will be ok while taking shelter during tornado warning?

Some cousins live in tornado alley. What can they do to reassure their kids they will be ok while taking shelter during tornado warning?

Have a routine: Have "practice runs" to the shelter so it is more routine and "matter of fact" for the kids. Also have them have a favorite toy and games down there so it is not so intimidating. ...Read more

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If I don't have a nuclear fallout shelter, what should I do?

Basement: Basement: Find the corner that is most below ground level. One-story home / condo / apartment: If no underground facility, find a spot in center of home away from windows.Trailer home: Multi-story building or high-rise: Go to center of the middle section of building, above the ninth floor if possible. Avoid first floor since fallout will pile up on ground outside. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Shelters (Definition)

Shelters are places that vulnerable populations ...Read more