Ms. Germophobe: Groceries

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By now my once estranged family have concluded I’m a germophobe.  And, I don’t care what they think about my inherent behavior because most of my friends are germaphobes.  Conversations between my friends and me are usually briefing and debriefing each other on how to keep ourselves safe from this Coronavirus flu.  Like, yesterday, I talked to my friend Yvonne as I stood for nearly and hour wiping down groceries.

I was a fussy Gussy!  I complained about this and about that!  But my biggest complaint was about wiping down everything I purchased.  Normally, I only wiped down things that went into the fridge.  And, now, I gotta wipe down everything I buy.  And, shopping is harder because the shelves are pretty much emptied of American’s favorite foods.  So, I was tired from shopping.  All I wanted to do was lay down.  Truly.

Well, Yvonne,  being my senior, was intrigued I was wiping down my groceries with mild soapy Clorox water.  DO NOT TRY THIS!  I’ve been wiping down my packaged food products for over 4 decades!  So!  I’ve profected the ratio of how much Clorox and dish soap to use along with a technique on wiping packaged food items.  And!  Believe me when I write, I’ve done this for decades.  I’m a germophobe!  And!  Right now I’m wearing the title proudly!

Any-who, I wrote all of the above to write this statement:  I don’t think during this pandemic people realize how easily this virus, like all viruses, spread.  We’re so use to buying foods after it’s been touch/handled by others and bringing it home and putting it away.  Up till now, most people, including me, didn’t really think about such because most food is packaged or canned.  But!  Now!  My germ detective radar is working at full capacity!  So my thoughts have turned to:  “If one person unknowingly has the virus or a person is a carrier then everything they touch could be infected with the virus.”  This is a classic thought for a germophobe!  Really.

Let’s say, Susan, just a random name I selected, has the virus.  She goes to the groceries.  She picks up a can of beets.  Changes her mind and puts the can back on the shelf.  It’s a great chance that canned product now contains the virus.  You pick the can up and place it in your cart with the rest of your product.  There’s a great chance everything that came in contact with that one can is also contaminated.  So to prevent spreading the virus to myself and others, I’ve been wiping down my packaged and canned foods before putting them away.

The labels on my canned items are wrinkled but I can live with that!

DISCLAIMER:  My theory hasn’t been tested by CDC or scientist.  It’s my theory based upon how I see things; therefore, I do not recommend people wiping down their food items with the product I use or any other chemicals.

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