Staying Clean in a Germ-Filled World

By on March 19, 2020

How to stay safe in the real world with corona viruses floating around


How about handling cash?

Fair advised people to avoid handling cash, which he called “one of the most filthy things in our society, period.” Paper money is made of cotton, an absorbable surface that can get wet. The new coronavirus can potentially stay active on it for up to nine days just like on other surfaces, he said.

What if I don’t have a mask?

Make your own one-time use mask with a clean cotton handkerchief or bandana

What’s the scoop on gloves?

Complicated.  Ideally,  use one-time plastic gloves  once and throw them away.  In a pinch,  use your normal outdoor gloves then sprinkle them with water or more powerful germ killer and air dry between uses.


Wash your hands

Soap up your hands then count to twenty while you scrub up as if you were preparing for open heart surgery.  And then do this over and over as long as your handling things.

Wash your face

We don’t even think about the number of times we touch our hands to our faces but if you’re like me – a compulsive itchy eye rubber, then you know you have to keep your hands clean before putting them on your face.

And about those shoes?

Take them off at the door when you walk in your house.  Leave them on a paper – (newspaper is good) until you go out again.

And how about all those door handles, stair grips, and other stuff we handle every time we go out?  Gloves, clean hands.

About Linda Eckhardt

Linda West Eckhardt, is an award winning journalist, food writer, and nutritionist. Her more than 20 cookbooks have garnered prizes including the James Beard prize for the best cookbook for a text she wrote with her daughter, Katherine West DeFoyd, entitled Entertaining 101, Doubleday. Their follow-up book, Stylish One Dish Dinners, Doubleday, was also nominated for a James Beard prize. Their next book, The High Protein Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, remains a best seller after 12 years. That book was designed to accompany low carb diet plans. Her ground-breaking book, Bread in Half The Time, Broadway Books, was named the Best Cookbook in America by the prestigious IACP, The Julia Child award. Her award winning radio work with Jennifer English, for a national show on the Food and Wine radio network, was nominated for a James Beard Prize for a show called, “I Know What You Ate Last Summer.”