Something Of A Clean Freak

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I want you to be safe. I don’t want you to get sick. I want you to live a long and happy life.

That’s why I’m hoping you’ll get into the habit of washing your hands thoroughly with soap for at least twenty seconds whenever you’ve been out and about. And when you are out and about, try to remember not to touch your nose or mouth or eyes. Wait until you get home and thoroughly wash your hands before you touch your nose or your face.

Remember: doorknobs and car door handles and money and other often-touched objects could be contaminated. Carry a little spray bottle of disinfectant with you, a kind with alcohol in it to kill germs, and use that whenever you think you might have touched something iffy when you’re out and about.

Carry a box of Kleenex or a roll of toilet paper with you for opening questionable doors and for blowing your nose if you have to. And then dispose of that paper as soon as you can without littering.

Think of your house or apartment or car as a sanctuary you want to keep as clean and uninvolved with the outside world as possible without going crazy. Become something of a clean freak.

I hope this pandemic will help us as individuals and couples and groups and friends and neighbors and towns and counties and states and countries create systems for dealing with this sort of thing from now on because it is very likely the coronavirus pandemic won’t be the last such global epidemic in our lifetimes or even in the next few years.

And I hope as we create efficient systems for dealing with epidemics, we will individually and communally realize we need to make some fundamental changes to the ways in which humans operate on spaceship earth. Maybe our response to this epidemic will be the beginning of a better society for everyone.

In the meantime, don’t be afraid, but make a habit of doing what you need to do to reduce your chances of catching any sort of bug.

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