Clean freaks are having a field day with coronavirus—but there’s something to be said for the intimacy of human filth

From sharing toothpaste to wiping my poorly son's brow, true human intimacy inevitably involves a bit of grime

By Caspar Salmon  

A lot of what we love about our children comes down to smell and grime—the transfer of bacteria. Photo: PA/Prospect crop

It was only to be expected that, following the handwashing recommendations made by all health organisations and governments worldwide to combat Covid-19, the clucking scolds who make up Lifestyle & Cleanliness Twitter would have a field day. 

To explain: the social website has its own little corners and subsets. Football Twitter, philosophy Twitter, pornography Twitter; I gather Tory Twitter is even a thing. These groups of like-minded people…

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