*Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 2nd April 2020 Issue no. 912

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Poor Hilary Clinton… she can’t win, can she? No – I don’t mean like that, but whatever she does, people are having a go and she can’t even command sympathy when she’s unwell.

What has this to do with cleaning and hygiene, you may ask?

Well – an opinion piece in the Jerusalem Post is slating her for bad hygiene at the Ohio rally, with the writer saying, “I cringed when I saw her poor cough hygiene.

“Clinton may not be able to keep a secret, and may inadvertently (we hope) have spread sensitive, classified information to enemies of the US – but did she have to get up on national TV and show millions of people how to spread the plague? How can the American voter not cringe when sputum is flying into the microphone, into the air, into her hand which will shake a few hundred people’s hands only moments later?

“Even the bottle of water that she will hand to her unwitting aide – who will then open a door, use a pen, a cell phone and then drive home to her family? Whatever Clinton has, now lots of other people have it too. Maybe they won’t get symptoms right away (but) if we hear about a flu or pneumonia outbreak in Ohio, epidemiologists should investigate whether Democrats are getting sick more than Republicans. People who attend her rallies and line up to shake her incubator hand may be the first to get sick.

“Perhaps the better question is – where was Clinton’s hand sanitiser?”

The author reminds us that portable sanitiser bottles need a wipe down too, since they will have been handled while our hands were contaminated. She also questions the teaching that we cough into our hands rather than into the air, saying we then transfer the germs on our hands to door handles, car doors, steering wheels, supermarket trollies and baskets, remote controls, phones, pens, food items, credit cards – and, of course, to those with whom we shake hands.

She says that while coughing into a tissue is now more acceptable, moisture (and with it the germs) on the tissue, will spread to our hands and beyond, so coughing into our shoulder or sleeve is a better option, since this will hold the germs on a surface that’s rarely touched by other people.

And with flu season about to hit, it’s a lesson worth remembering, isn’t it?

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Jan Hobbs

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