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Old 04-03-2020, 09:23 PM
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Great, bring back the dog poop bags that are a bonus with the groceries : )
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San Francisco has now banned reusable grocery bags and has brought back the formerly maligned plastic grocery bags that many thought were a leading cause of our demise. Turns out that the filthy (in many cases) reusable bags were helping to spread the virus and who knows what else.

San Francisco bans reusable bags in coronavirus fight | TheHill

The irony is obvious. Turns out that green is unclean in this instance.

Many other questions arise about the wisdom of some otherwise trendy and “eco-friendly” policies bestowed upon us by the more enlightened in our society. That’s probably best left to separate threads.

In the meantime, I wonder if SF will re-institute the use of reusable bags when the crisis is over?
San Francisco has a MUCH bigger issue. It has been shown that Coronavirus is transferred through human waste and their city is awash in it.from their massive homeless population. They have a staff of folks who.clean it daily, but it is still a massive problem just from the smell. It would be practically impossible to effectively sanitise sidewalks and streets, so the virus could linger for a day or two. Yikes!
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Thank you. It’s so nice to read a thoughtful reply to a complex situation.

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Paper has always been “green”... recyclable, renewable.... and it made great kites and book covers!
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Reusable bags have been around for years and can harbor bacteria if not washed but this virus has just appeared. There is bacteria everywhere and, for the most part, we are resistant anyway, this virus is not bacteria! Canvas bags for shopping are the best. Throw them in the washer to clean. Plastic bag companies would love to take advantage of this opportunity to make money because they have had their business threatened by the use of reusable bags. Do not let people use this as an excuse to USE US.
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Reusable bags have been around for years and can harbor bacteria if not washed but this virus has just appeared. There is bacteria everywhere and, for the most part, we are resistant anyway, this virus is not bacteria! Canvas bags for shopping are the best. Throw them in the washer to clean. Plastic bag companies would love to take advantage of this opportunity to make money because they have had their business threatened by the use of reusable bags. Do not let people use this as an excuse to USE US.
How should we wash these for use at our stores here in the Villages?
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Old 04-04-2020, 07:54 AM
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How should we wash these for use at our stores here in the Villages?
Found this--

How To Clean Reusable Grocery Bags - Tips for Cleaning Grocery Shopping Bags
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Have been to SF and amazingly they keep reelecting their city council.
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San Francisco has a MUCH bigger issue. It has been shown that Coronavirus is transferred through human waste and their city is awash in it.from their massive homeless population. They have a staff of folks who.clean it daily, but it is still a massive problem just from the smell. It would be practically impossible to effectively sanitise sidewalks and streets, so the virus could linger for a day or two. Yikes!
It has not been shown that Coronavirus is transferred through human waste. Your statement as if it were a fact, is a misunderstanding of the established studies. For feces to be infectious requires two things.

1. That there are intact viruses in the feces.
2. That there are sufficient numbers of intact viruses to transmit disease [infectious dose].

It has been shown that stool can be PCR positive for Covid. That is not the same as intact virus. The PCR test looks for pieces of the virus. Thus if a virus were in your throat and you swallowed it and that virus were destroyed by travel through the GI system, the virus itself is "dead" but the PCR could still be positive. In fact that is what may be happening. HERE is a review in Nature, one of the leading science journals. Included is this important information

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Infectious virus was readily isolated from throat- and lung-derived samples, but not from stool samples, in spite of high virus RNA concentration.
As to #2 [no pun opportunity should be missed] The quantity of virus needed has not been fully established. It is known that some viruses only require a small number of particles to sicken a person while others require a large quantity. Thus even if there are some "live" intact virus in the feces it would need to be shown that the exposure is greater than the threshold for infection.

This is not to say that feces could not be an alternative agent of transmission. Just that your claim is inaccurate.
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You can throw those reusable bags in the washing machine.
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San Francisco has now banned reusable grocery bags and has brought back the formerly maligned plastic grocery bags that many thought were a leading cause of our demise. Turns out that the filthy (in many cases) reusable bags were helping to spread the virus and who knows what else.

San Francisco bans reusable bags in coronavirus fight | TheHill

The irony is obvious. Turns out that green is unclean in this instance.

Many other questions arise about the wisdom of some otherwise trendy and “eco-friendly” policies bestowed upon us by the more enlightened in our society. That’s probably best left to separate threads.

In the meantime, I wonder if SF will re-institute the use of reusable bags when the crisis is over?
Hopefully, they are once again wearing clothes when they frequent restaurants. Not that I care what happens to SF (or Kalifornika for that matter).
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San Francisco bans reusable bags in coronavirus fight | TheHill

The irony is obvious. Turns out that green is unclean in this instance.

Many other questions arise about the wisdom of some otherwise trendy and “eco-friendly” policies bestowed upon us by the more enlightened in our society. That’s probably best left to separate threads.

In the meantime, I wonder if SF will re-institute the use of reusable bags when the crisis is over?
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I use insulated bags, like Cosco's or Sam's, for fresh meats, ice cream and the like. I ask for paper bags for the rest of the groceries because plastic will let viruses live longer on them than paper.

When I return home, I put all my paper bags in a safe place in the garage...off the floor and leave them there for about 1 day (since any virus will die within that time on paper/cardboard.

My wife disinfects a section of our countertop where I put the rest of the groceries: boxes, cans, glass containers, bagged goods. Then I wipe everything with antiseptic alcohol wipes, and move the groceries one by one to their storage place. The paper bags are trashed immediately. I wash my hands two-four times during this whole thing. The insulated zip bags are opened...usual wiping of each item, and the groceries are put into the fridge. Wife then Lysol's the bag interiors and exteriors. Bags are put back into the car for next food purchase. This journey takes about 1/2 hour, but the psychological relief is deserved and appreciated.
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