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Excessive cleanliness cause of coronavirus spread

I have decided the problem causing coronavirus to spread so rapidly is excessive cleanliness. Everywhere you go there are people cleaning. Store employees clean every handle, shelf and scanner after every use all day long. Not long ago, these things were never cleaned. No one complained, and we seldom got sick. Now, store greeters are feverishly wiping down or spraying all the shopping carts as fast as they are returned from the cart corrals.

At the gas station, I went to pay and my hand hit an invisible shield. It was so clean I couldn’t even see it. I thought invisible shields were only in science-fiction movies.

Then, there are the glass doors. Thank God, most of them are automatic. If they didn’t open by themselves, I might walk into them.

Everyone has been encouraged to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer throughout the day. Now, we’ve been told that lots of hand sanitizers actually contain a toxic chemical that could make you sick. You need to check the list of ingredients. How many people do that? Then, you have to wonder what is actually in those hand-sanitizer dispensers that have magically popped up everywhere.

We used to wallow in our own filth. So what if the floor was dirty and the dust was an inch thick?

There is a commercial on TV where the woman says she never worried about a little dust until she found out it was actually dust mites. A picture appears on the screen showing several bugs. I haven’t seen any of my dust move. I wish it could move on its own. That would save me a lot of work.

I’ve often thought the dust at my house was caused by continual construction in the area. We moved out in the country but, in the last 47 years, there have been so many new homes, businesses and school buildings built, road construction, retaining walls and culvert replacements, street extensions and roundabouts, an electrical substation erected, the nearby shopping center torn down and rebuilt, gas and water lines dug up and replaced, and we had that Godzilla dust cloud float over from the Sahara Desert. Can’t they keep their dust over there? Can I send  some of my dust to them? I know they already have plenty, but so do I.

I figure if the dust is floating in through my open windows, it must be floating into all the other houses around here so I don’t feel guilty about not cleaning it up ASAP.

It’s been four months now since the virus arrived. I haven’t taken any precautions except for frequent hand washing, which I always did without being told.

The experts don’t know what to do. The rules keep changing. We can’t make any plans, and there’s nothing to look forward to anytime soon. For now, we’re all just stuck in coronavirus hell.

Elaine Adolph Jackson | Hamilton, Ohio

Formerly of Harrison County