Having long been a logophile (lover of words) it is interesting that this new virus we are all involved with has revealed a derivative of the word ‘foment’ (to promote the growth of). The new word, at least to me, is ‘fomite’ (an object, like a doorknob, that may be contaminated with infectious organisms).
There is limited information on CoVID-19 fomites, and that information is not definitive. It appears the average ‘life’ of infections on fomites is 1-3 days and it can remain intact while airborne.
One reputable news source said our country will be quite different for at least a year, considering the elimination of sports gatherings, school closings, business adaptations, etc.
In this little group we have that ‘gets together’ each day, perhaps we can socially unite and become a virtual force that not only benefits us, but others too. We all are facing increased isolation and to bolster our individual resources by combining into a viable group may be quite beneficial in bringing answers that would not be attainable by solitary effort.
I know a bit about potential platforms that could be used for this, like GoogleGroups, but if anyone wants to assume that key position, please let us all know.
In the meantime, I wish everyone peace and perfect health – and a cure for raw hands that have been washed too often!
Here’s to fomite avoidance!