As the coronavirus pandemic has led to a shortage of medical-grade face masks and people were advised to leave those limited supplies for health care workers, Japanese people started making their own face masks in response.
During my life in Japan, I kept one or two neatly folded reusable shopping bags in my purse whenever I went grocery shopping. Many people in Japan do this. After a few times of use, I would throw my shopping bags into the washer and then line-dry them. I had never given it much thought because it was just a matter of habit, like washing my slippers.*
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that the COVID -19 virus can potentially be spread by shoes. It is said that leaving shoes in space away from the living area is good practice, particularly when you have family members at risk of infection.
My first experience with the emerging new etiquette of eliminating physical contact was at a friend’s house about two months ago. “We aren’t supposed to hug anymore. Air hug,” she said as soon as she opened the door for me. We air-hugged then air-kissed.
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