Disease- Stopping Paper Cups

A longstanding feature of civilizations, communal water sources and fountains are common—but they can transmit diseases. Once public health officials realized this, at the turn of the 20th century, a sanitary alternative was invented: the single-use paper Health Kup, later named the Dixie Cup. For its disease-stopping ability, it made the list of 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health.

Check GHN every Wednesday for an up-close look at one objects on the list, published by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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