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I heard on the AM radio as I turned the car on what sounded like the Michigan governor trying to justify her no driving edict by claiming coronavirus can live on gas pumps for up to 72 hrs. Even if that's true, (and I don't doubt it) COVID-19 can live on other surfaces as well. There are many common sense solutions instead of saying no driving, no motorcycle riding, and no motorboating. So I'm posting these links as sort of a PSA.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/03/28/coronavirus-fact-check-covid-19-spreading-via-gas-pumps/2910985001/

https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/03/27/coronavirus-how-to-pump-gas-and-not-get-infected/

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-how-to-protect-yourself-against-coronavirus-when-pumping-gas/
 

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She is nuts. I sure hope the voters correct their error.
 

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Might be time to change from vehicles to get her attention to torches and pitchforks. I think it would play much better on national television.
 

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I heard on the AM radio as I turned the car on what sounded like the Michigan governor trying to justify her no driving edict by claiming coronavirus can live on gas pumps for up to 72 hrs. Even if that's true, (and I don't doubt it) COVID-19 can live on other surfaces as well. There are many common sense solutions instead of saying no driving, no motorcycle riding, and no motorboating. So I'm posting these links as sort of a PSA.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/03/28/coronavirus-fact-check-covid-19-spreading-via-gas-pumps/2910985001/

https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/03/27/coronavirus-how-to-pump-gas-and-not-get-infected/

https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-how-to-protect-yourself-against-coronavirus-when-pumping-gas/
When reading the results of tests for the longevity of the virus on various surfaces, it's helpful to keep in mind that those are "best case for the virus" results. While the virus may remain infectious on plastic for up to 72 hours in laboratory conditions, it probably seldom lives that long on a gas pump handle exposed to varying temperatures and humidity, sunlight (even if reflected), and the drying effect of air currents.

OTOH, it's also highly likely that someone who used the pump just a few minutes earlier contaminated it.

As I've said before, we're always playing against the odds, so it's a good idea to stack the odds in our favor as much as practicable. Masks, gloves, alcohol wipes, handwashing...they're all cards to play.

I have personally practiced not directly touching public door knobs and such for years. I'll usually grab those with the edge of my coat or my shirt. If I touch anything, it's with my right hand and I've trained myself to touch my face only with my left hand.

But the MI governor's rationale for halting driving is stupid.
 
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Wife and I have gone out riding around area counties a couple of times lately just for the heck of it. I’ve bought gas twice. We keep some wipes with us. I take note of everything I touch gassing up. Wipe down my debit card, hands, door handle, and gas filler door before getting back in the pickup.
I suspect we’ll go again in a few days. Plenty to keep me busy around here right now.
 
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I have personally practiced not directly touching public door knobs and such for years. I'll usually grab those with the edge of my coat or my shirt. If I touch anything, it's with my right hand and I've trained myself to touch my face only with my left hand.
+1

I try to go in the LEFT door, either pushing/leaning on the glass or the part of the 'push bar' that isn't worn away, where less people are likely to have touched it.
 

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Most every gas station here in Texas is requiring an attendant to wipe down the nozzle and CC touchpad with sanitizing solution after every customer. So the argument that pumps can spread the virus is moot. Next.
 

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Most every gas station here in Texas is requiring an attendant to wipe down the nozzle and CC touchpad with sanitizing solution after every customer. So the argument that pumps can spread the virus is moot. Next.
...and you really believe they go out and do that, after EVERY SINGLE CUSTOMER?
 

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...and you really believe they go out and do that, after EVERY SINGLE CUSTOMER?
LOL.

Reminds me of my first week in the Philippines. The tap water in the Philippines is untreated and non-potable. We got our drinking water from the air base, but the base did provide a spigot that was accessible from outside the fence. I was staying in a hotel that had a pitcher of water in the hall labeled "Base water." Supposedly, the kid responsible for keeping that pitcher filled used the base spigot about three miles away. I just looked at the pitcher and said to myself, "Yeah. Fer shirrrr."
 

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As long as I don't succumb to a sudden urge to lick the pump handle I think I will be just fine by washing my hands when I'm done. That is if I ever need gas again. The longer this drags on the more loony people get.
 
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