It says something about our modern, dumbed down society when the Beeb has to issue the following disclaimer on an article:
Disclaimer: Charlotte Pritchard and the BBC do not recommend chopping any sort of food on your toilet seat.
Presumably they realise that there are cretins out there who, having read the article, will do just that.
I’m sure Leggy will be able to comment here – this being his area of expertise. However, it strikes me as an awful lot of scare mongering. We have been living alongside nasty bugs for millennia and to suggest that our survival is down to luck and that something must be done is once more an example of our dumbed down attitudes.
But we all touch these perhaps startlingly dirty things every day, and on the whole we don’t get constantly ill.
Precisely. We have developed immune systems to deal with these nasties and exposure to them from time to time will trigger those systems. Remove them completely and we will be more vulnerable to disease, not less. Sure, basic hygiene is sound advice, however, I’m not going to lose sleep over it and beyond regularly changing the washing up sponge – which we do anyway – and keeping the chopping board clean – which we do anyway – I’m not about to do anything.
“All of us, in all these countries we have gone to, rely on Lady Luck too much, keeping our fingers crossed or sitting on our hands. In a modern scientific society, what we want is people to realise there’s a problem here and take action.”
An article about nothing frankly. However, somewhat illuminating regarding modern attitudes – especially those regarding risk.