There is a video circulating about how to minimize one’s exposure to viral contamination from groceries by a Dr. Jeffrey VanWingen. Most of us have seen it by now, I’ve shared it elsewhere, voyager posted it over on Affinity, and so on.
It’s good. It’s also not good. I don’t really blame the doctor for this, we’re all if not in the dark, at least ‘in the dim’ about how to deal with all of this. So here’s that and some more information and my best guesses.
The video is here:
There is value to this. Watch it. But then, note the corrections and clarifications in its description, and also read this LiveScience article: https://www.livescience.com/do-not-wash-fruits-vegetables-with-soap.html. This one finally explains WHY soap on produce is a bad idea, which I had heard before but oddly never with any reasoning attached.
I intend to continue discarding outer packaging and disinfecting what packaging can’t be discarded. Seems to me there’s no harm in that and the chance of something good. A source of peace of mind, maybe, and even if doing that isn’t any more scientifically effective than, say, waving a crystal at it… for me peace of mind is harder to come by than a retail shelf full of sanitizing wipes these days.
So my overall plan – which seems reasonable but it’s bonkers hard to know for sure; I’m just a reasonably intelligent overeducated layman, not an expert on any of this – is to do what the doctor video says except where a reason is given in this article not to. (No reason is given not to do the packaging thing, it just said there’s no direct evidence it’s a vector. I don’t see how it possibly couldn’t be, since we’re told to wash every time we touch anything, but that’s me.)
Good Omens, the book, has the following quote:
God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e. everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex variant of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.
To me, this is what all of this feels like, so much contradictory information and the vast majority of it (well, at least the vast majority of what will be listened to by anyone around here, I expect) from credible sources who are trying to do their best.
I guess that’s all that can be expected of any of us.