Worldwide, strategies to conquer this new and highly infectious disease rely on the global citizenry to follow strict rules in a fight to eradicate it.
Looking around at the landscape just here in Toronto and the utterly tragic proportions of litter revealed by spring, one wonders how we will wrestle down the coronavirus when we as a society can’t even manage to stop the littering habit.
To not litter is simpler than washing your hands, easier than not touching your face, doesn’t involve physical distancing.
Everywhere, health officials are dispensing advice day to day, hour to hour.
We’d like to hear them say: no spitting, no throwing your cups, cans, bottles and lids, nor straws, no wipes and tissues on the ground, no cigarette butts or chewing gum dropped or flicked, and, though it has nothing to do with littering, let's add, no blowing smoke in other people's air space at this time of aerosol and airborne disease transmission and awareness. In short, use a bin. It’s a simple rule, one the health spokespeople should recite at every given opportunity, especially in an era that's reminding us to be hygienic and keep clean.