Two weeks ago, when restaurants were still open, I watched a friend at lunch repeatedly spritz his hands with hand sanitizer. It seemed more compulsion than prudent protective measure. If he keeps this up for the duration of this pandemic, I thought, there’s a good chance the skin on his hands might not hold up.In a market, I saw a man load 50 rolls of toilet paper into two carts, elbowing others away, as if his life depended on this act of hoarding. In the nearly empty streets, I see newly experienced alarm on the faces of people who probably never washed their hands for more than 10 seconds in the past, who blithely lined up at hotel buffets or paid good money to subject themselves to the petri dish that is a cruise ship.The rest of the world is deep into what I grew up with, the kind of fear I have been fighting to rid myself of for most of my life. Advertisement I am the daughter of a serious hypochondriac. Learning to dread illness was one of my earliest lessons, and strangely, I feel calmer now than the spritzers and hoarders. I have had a lifetime of… Read full this story
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