If you’re reading this feature, there are a few assumptions to be made; (1) you’re online enjoying the April issue—in its digital version, and we thank you for taking this step. (2) Our magazine was delivered to your mailbox and carefully extracted from the protective plastic wrapper. Or, (3) you picked up an issue at one of our many drop-off locations where our titles are found in large bundles. Finally, and the least desirable choice is that you picked up an issue at an office, coffee shop, or restaurant that allows guests take-out options.
In the last two instances, our magazines are packaged and protected using clean techniques, and delivered in a secure wrapper; however, once exposed to the air in public places, the chances of the virus showing up on the covers are increased.
We’ve been in contact with those involved with our production; this includes writers, photographers, designers, printers and, delivery staff to discuss our processes, so our publications get into your hands absent of contamination by aerosolized particles of the virus.
Our periodicals are wrapped in heavy plastic and are completely safe. However, once put on display, they are subject to environmental hazards, the same as the coffee cup you’re drinking from, the bottle of water pulled from a cooler, or the plastic utensils picked up from your favorite restaurant. It comes down to this; if you didn’t unwrap it with your clean paws, then calculate that it is infectious and needs to be cleaned before use.
Research shows that Coronavirus can spread quickly. For example, the ATM at your bank, the mail delivered to your home, the door handle to any of the dozen or so places you visit, even the coat you’re wearing in public today, all could carry the virus.
It isn’t a joke, the risk to our health is heightened because the life of the live virus (whose droplets are invisible) is hours—even days—putting us at an increased risk if we do not take all necessary precautions.
Most individuals are too busy, or they don’t realize that everything they touch during the day is comparable to licking the surfaces other’s hands have touched. Of course, many businesses have upped their game and are regularly cleaning, but this isn’t fool-proof, and that is proven by the rising contagions’ numbers.
Once you’ve touched a surface and put your hands to your mouth, nose, or eyes, you will have introduced the virus into your body—which serves as the perfect host—and allows for incubation (growth); all while you are unknowingly infecting others.
Because the virus is microscopic and not visible, many come to the false conclusion that the Coronavirus isn’t in their neighborhood. Unfortunately, this silent and unobserved traveler is around you. Unless you’ve been isolating for the last two weeks or have taken extreme measures—such as wearing a mask, gloves, and eyewear while in public—you could be carrying the virus and sharing its possible deadly effects.
It’s a personal responsibility to prevent the spreading of Covid-19, but this cannot be done unless we all make a conscious effort and restrict our contact with contaminated surfaces and keep at a reasonable distance from others; vigilance is the key to success.
To help keep our readers safe, we offer a few suggestions to avoid getting sick or making others ill.