Keeping’ It Clean

I know that just about everyone is tired and fed up of hearing about the current pandemic spreading across the globe, but the reality of the matter is that it’s happening and there’s no getting away from it. Another reality is that this crisis brings up a number of interesting thoughts and ideas, which has been an interesting side effect of the whole thing.

One of the ideas I’ve been rolling around in my head, is the way people seem to be dealing with this whole issue. We already know that folks have gone ape shit and started hoarding and gathering toilet paper, which has led to arguments and fights in public with total strangers and people who genuinely need a twelve pack as per usual that can’t seem to get any. Non-perishable food items have also been something of a popular staple.

But oddly enough, retail locations don’t seem to have any issue carrying full shelves of daily essentials, such as shampoo, soap, cleaners and toothpaste. Although many people have pointed out the fact that eating is a tad more important than worrying about wiping your backside (and I’ll point out that there are a number of countries that don’t even use toilet paper and depend on water-based or other methods of clean-up), everyday hygiene should also be a concern.

So let’s examine this aspect in slightly greater detail, shall we? Daily personal hygiene is an extremely important part of staying healthy. There’s a reason why the big push at the moment is to have everyone wash their hands frequently: because cleanliness = health. This should make sense to the average person, but in a real-world quarantine scenario, worrying about food is normally the top concern.

There are some basic, common sense levels of hygiene that most people know about. For example, we all know we need to brush our teeth. Failing to do so will cause tooth decay, plaque and gum disease and can lead to coronary problem through bacterial infections. Not to mention bad breath that can lead to a serious decrease in kissing. Brutal. Washing our hands frequently helps to mitigate the spread of germs, bacteria and other nasty things that some people may not even be aware that they’re carrying.

But it needs to be taken a step further than that, which includes showering, bathing and personal grooming. Most medical professionals will agree that bathing or showering should be done at least every other day. Basic cleaning of your own body will prevent the lesser issues, such as oily skin and body odour.

But failing to properly follow good personal hygiene can lead to serious complications and illnesses. According to lists I found as posted by and the CDC website, these conditions include but are not limited to: scabies, lice (of varying types), diarrhea, athlete’s foot, ringworm, swimmer’s ear and hot tub rash (whatever the hell THAT is). And don’t aren’t the worst ones.

Here are the respective websites to read specific detail on all of the above as well as others:

Last but not least, we need to remember that failure to follow good hygiene can lead to the propagation of germs and bacteria, which is kind of what the world is trying to avoid right now. “Social distancing” won’t keep that other person in Walmart’s cereal aisle from smelling your personal brand of funk, either.

For us Diabetic types, keeping clean can also help with other issues. I don’t need to tell you that T1D’s tend to be prone and susceptible to infections, which can be caused by poor hygiene. This is why any medical professional recommends keeping your feet clean and dry, since foot issues are prevalent with Diabetics. But that concept applies to your whole body.

So while you’re busy stocking up and squeezing the Charmin, don’t hesitate to grab some freakin’ Irish Spring and shampoo! Keep yourself clean and smelling pretty. It’ll keep you healthier and will guarantee that once all this has blown over, you won’t step out of your house looking like a reject cast member of Lost and smelling like today’s catch! ☯

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I am a practitioner of the martial arts and student of the Buddhist faith. I have been a Type 1 Diabetic since I was 4 years old and have been fighting the uphill battle it includes ever since. I enjoy fitness and health and looking for new ways to improve both, as well as examining the many questions of life. Although I have no formal medical training, I have amassed a wealth of knowledge regarding health, Diabetes, martial arts as well as Buddhism and philosophy. My goal is to share this information with the world, and perhaps provide some sarcastic humour along the way. Welcome!

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