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A Follow Up To This Morning’s Post March 5, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Home & Garden, Mindfulness.

For more helpful tips from pathologist, James Robb, visit Snopes.com ~> Did A Noted Pathologist Write This Viral Coronavirus Advice?

In a nutshell:

1) NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.

2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.

3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip – do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.

4) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.

5) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.

6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home’s entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can’t immediately wash your hands.

7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!

Stay Safe!


1. Ally Bean - March 5, 2020

Remember when we all were worried about saving the trees, so we tried to limit our use of tissues and paper towels and wipes? Good times. This advice is great, but kind of changes the focus from saving forests to saving people.

nrhatch - March 5, 2020

My #1 thing is going to be #1 ~ no more shaking hands, especially with virtual strangers. I also like tip #2 ~ use your knuckles to turn on light switches and to press elevator buttons. And #3 ~ open doors with a closed fist or your butt!

2. Debra - March 6, 2020

I’ve been keeping tissue with me and using it to open and close doors in public. I’m having a lot of trouble getting hand sanitizer, though! I had to pick something up at the mall today and it was practically empty. Very eerie!

nrhatch - March 6, 2020

Malls are very eerie when empty. There is a “dying mall” in Bradenton that has lost its anchor stores causing many of the other tenants to move out as well. It’s practically deserted. Even the food court. It can no longer compete with the shiny new mall in Sarasota.

Keeping a tissue handy is a great way to practice “social distancing” from the germs “they” left behind.

3. Joanne Sisco - March 6, 2020

I might be a bit of a germaphobe because I’ve been following most of these for years … well, ever since Toronto was hit badly with SARS in 2003. It’s only recently though that I learned viruses have a longer life span on fabric than hard surfaces.

nrhatch - March 6, 2020

I’m actually not much of a germaphobe. And I’m not very worried about the coronavirus. That said, I’m not planning on booking a cruise any time soon because the idea of being quarantined on a boat for 2 weeks post-cruise = ACK!

Another ACK! ~> When I’m in public spaces with people sneezing and coughing and hacking around me without covering their mouths and noses. Dorothy was right . . . “There’s no place like home!”

I have read that this virus doesn’t survive the wash, spin, and dry cycle. We’ve always immediately “washed the people” off our clothes after spending a day at a theme park, at a festival, etc. We’ll continue that practice.

Namaste. _/!\_

Joanne Sisco - March 6, 2020


4. Jill Weatherholt - March 6, 2020

My mother and I were in Walmart today. Did people not wash their hands prior to this virus? There was no hand soap on the shelves!

nrhatch - March 7, 2020

I know, right?! I’m guarding our 2 bar stash from looters!

5. L. Marie - March 9, 2020

My mother also mentioned how scarce hand sanitizer is in the stores. in her area.

nrhatch - March 9, 2020

I haven’t been shopping in a week, but our shelves are probably bare of soap and sanitizer too.

Let’s hope we still can get our hands on chocolate!

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