...it accounts for 425,000 deaths every year, and 50% of hospitalizations for severe diarrhea in infants and children. Worldwide more than 450,000 children under five years of age die from rotavirus infections annually (most of whom live in developing countries,) and almost two million more become severely ill. In the US before initiation of the rotavirus vaccination program, rotavirus caused about 2.7 million cases of severe gastroenteritis in children, almost 60,000 hospitalizations, and around 37 deaths each year.
Earlier this year, 25 janitors contracted to work at Target stores filed complaints with OSHA, saying they were locked in the retailer's buildings during overnight shifts.
In 2011, OSHA fined a meat company in Brooklyn, N.Y., more than $62,000 for locking all of its fire exits at night and not allowing employees to unlock a door without a manager's permission.
And Wal-Mart came under widespread criticism in 2004 when reports surfaced that it had locked in overnight shift workers at some of its facilities -- supposedly to prevent theft and increase worker efficiency.
"One hundred years ago in New York City, 146 workers died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire," OSHA chief David Michaels said in 2011. "Many of them died because they were locked in and unable to escape swiftly. A century later, we still find employers locking in their employees."
anastasiav: Yes, but doing diaper laundry by hand is almost impossible. If you don't have a washing machine, then all the running water in the world isn't going to do you any good.
corb: When I was a girl, we had a washboard and a clothesline. A little detergent goes a long way - and cloth diapers are actually really easy /and/ cheap to make. You can run a clothesline indoors. Cloth diapers get rinsed in the toilet, then could be washed in the sink with a little bleach.
corb: This is absolutely not about poor people making bad choices. This is about systemic campaigns to make poor people into consumers - just like when we told poor women that formula was better for their babies than breastmilk.
The vacuum cleaner meant women cleaned their floors far more often than their mothers. The washing machine made cleaning clothes far easier. It also raised standards of cleanliness, meaning that women had to do laundry more often.
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