PURIST: What are tried and true hygiene practices everyone should be following right now?
Dr. Phil Tierno: Keep a safe distance from others, at least 6 feet. Wash your hands prior to eating and drinking, always after using the bathroom and prior to touching your face—but only touch your face if you absolutely have to!
PURIST: How do we stay safe while handling groceries?
PT: To wash fruit and vegetables, take a cheap vodka (80 proof) and paint it on. This is very effective and the alcohol will dissipate without leaving residue on the fruit. Wash produce with skin—like potatoes, apples, oranges and avocados—with soapy water. Peel back the outer folds of lettuce and toss them out to reduce risk of contamination. Soak the leaves in a large pot of water to dilute, which will reduce the possibility of infection. Wash strawberries in a mixture of white vinegar and water then let air dry before eating.
PURIST: We all have the responsibility to stay home as much as possible and only venture out when absolutely necessary. But what can we do to protect ourselves when leaving the house to grab essential items?