Wash Those Hands

Amid the Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) outbreak countries around the world are cancelling/ postponing major events. Italy has now cancelled pizza, pasta & panna cotta, at least in public. Scotland is researching deep-fried haggis as a potential antidote. And a few confused folk think you’re protected as long as you quaff your Coronas avec lime.

So far, The Boston Marathon is still scheduled for Monday, April 20th.  I’m still prepping to qualify for 2021. It’s a male menopause thing, I freely admit.

Click here for the latest from The Government of Canada including the current situation across the country, as well as latest travel health notices for those traveling this March break.

The best way to keep the virus from spreading is still; simply, wash your hands. Don’t forget that soap! Click here for The World Health Organization (WHO) hand-hygiene video. I don’t know if I can do the up-to-the-elbows thing. I thought that was for surgeons only, who knew?

Learn From the Experts

Proper technique suggests lathering soap on your hands for at least 20 seconds. To  help you keep track of time, experts suggest you hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice.

Don’t know ‘bout you, but I don’t want that song (and not everybody celebrates birthdays—for religious reasons, or after a certain age?) stuck in my head all day. Instead, here’s a list of songs (by decade) to hum along to—humming “Uptown Funk” (at least the main chorus) would surely get your mitts (and elbows) sparkly clean.

From a juridical perspective, in the U.S., some courts are barring visitors recently-traveled to higher-risk areas. They are also putting a hold on in-person in-court hearings, and asking lawyers to report potential symptoms before any court appearance. Click here.

(My mum in Scotland insisted if you didn’t use a nailbrush to clean under and around your fingernails, well, you’d get sent back for a re-do. My mother would have a thing or two to tell the WHO about their alleged hygiene laxity. She might even bring out the leather belt.).