I remember the motherly admonitions to the kids of the 1950s and 1960s U.S.A.: “Wash your hands; keep your fingers out of your mouth; don’t pick your nose; don’t rub your eyes; don’t unnecessarily handle money, you don’t know where it has been; keep your distance from other people; don’t pick up stay objects from the sidewalk and grass; wash up after using the bathroom; cover your coughs and sneezes; and on and on.
It seems that it takes public-service announcement from the government and other public institutions in the current 21st century for our citizens to practice common-sense instructions that were once passed down from parents to children in the normal process of growing up, and leading healthy lives! what we need more of now is individual responsibility and nuclear-family involvement in health issues!
Why and when did we lose these valuable abilities to live cleanly?
Certainly, those parents of the ‘50s and ‘60s had their gestation much closer to disease and poor public-health standards than the children and young parents of the 21st century have experienced.
Don’t forget though our very consumer culture of modernity as a culprit contributing to the current mess of degraded public health.
We have a proliferation of cleaning productions, but very little in the education of how to practically and properly and thoroughly use them, or not use them. Hand sanitizers are not the be-all and end-all of the eliminating germs. Don’t ever forget plain old soap.
And everything today is disposable, from diapers to “durable” consumer products We have false security in believing that as soon as something gets “dirty,” just toss it in the garbage. Germs and filth simply “die,” or disappear that easily? Really? Better to learn how to conserve, clean and sterilize our formerly non-disposable consumer products for a lifetime of disease-free use.
As my father, who survived the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, always said, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”