Daily Living: Keeping Clean and Talking About Vaccines

The term “hygiene theater” was recently coined to describe performative cleanliness that gives the impression of reducing risk while not actually doing so. The coronavirus primarily spreads through respiratory droplets, not surfaces, so the value of constant cleaning has been called into question. At Forge, however, writer Allie Volpe argues that it’s okay to be overcautious. Doing so inspires empathy in others, clarifies boundaries, and can help us cope. As long as it’s not unsustainable for yourself or others, she writes, “scrub away.”



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