Recently, I watched someone eating a bagel with cream cheese drop that bagel, pick it up, brush it off, and start eating it again because it met the criteria of the less-than-5-seconds rule. In clinic that same day, I had a family who used nearly a full container of a hand sanitizer during our visit, and their hands were cracked and irritated from constant alcohol-product exposure.
Shouldn’t there be some middle ground? Abandon anything that drops to the ground. It can’t be worth eating. Don’t use your hand sanitizer constantly, not on open skin, and soap and water still works also. How do you practice moderation to stay healthy?
Gigi Chawla, MD, is the Chief of Staff at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Read more about her here.