Healthy Options 3/4/20: Interview with Dr. Miryam Wahrman, author of “The Hand Book: Surviving in the Germ-Filled World”

Host/Producer: Rhonda Feiman
Co-producer: Petra Hall
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Program Topic: Effective techniques to reduce exposure to infectious disease due to influenza and the emergence of the coronavirus

Key Discussion Points:
1. What are symptoms of the coronavirus? What are symptoms of the flu?
2. How are viruses and bacteria transmitted from person to person?
3. What are the most important ways for us to protect ourselves?
4. Why is hand washing a powerful way to protect your health? What is the proper way to wash your hands?
5. Should we or shouldn’t we be using masks?
6. Why should you keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth?
7. Why should we stay at home if we are ill? What is bioethics and why is this a consideration?
8. What is the five second rule? Can we rely on the five second rule?
9. Why is it important to keep surfaces clean?
10. What is a simple recipe to make your own hand sanitizer?

Miryam Wahrman, Professor of Biology at William Paterson University of New Jersey, where she directs a research laboratory in microbiology to study bacteria on environmental surfaces. Professor Wahrman is an expert in Bioethics, a pioneer in Biotechnology education, an award-winning science journalist (publishing over 200 articles on topics in science and health), and has written extensively on biotechnology, genetics and medical ethics. Miryam Wahrman is the author of The Hand Book: Surviving in a Germ-Filled World

Websites of Interest:

Previous interview with Dr. Wahrman:
Healthy Options 2/6/19:

About the host:
Rhonda Feiman is a nationally-certified, licensed acupuncturist practicing in Belfast, Maine since 1993. She primarily practices Toyohari Japanese acupuncture, using gentle and powerful non-insertion needle techniques, and also utilizes Chinese acupuncture and herbology. In addition, Rhonda is a practitioner of Qi Gong and an instructor of Tai Chi Chuan in the Yang Family tradition.