Americans are kissing chickens despite getting sick
Logic appears to still be in lockdown in some parts of the States.
Traditions are a difficult thing to break. Even while existing under the gloom of a global health pandemic, changing people’s habits for the greater good is a vexing task.
Take the UK as an example. On 4th July pubs and restaurants in England will be able to start trading again since being forced to close at the end of March to curb the ferociousness of COVID-19. Although the government has loosened restrictions, the advice from health boffins remains that people should limit their time in confined spaces surrounded by other people.
So, naturally, it can be expected that huge swathes of the British population will cram themselves into tiny, stuffy rooms and carry out the typical weekend activities of drinking like a survivor rescued from a desert island. If coronavirus doesn’t get us the alcohol will.
Issues with a lack of common sense also seem to be prevalent in the USA. There, despite repeated warnings from medical officials, people continue to smother chickens with kisses and cuddles – even though it has been proven to spread Salmonella.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has encouraged people not to “kiss backyard poultry or snuggle them and then touch your face or mouth” after a spate of salmonella outbreaks were traced back to chickens kept at people’s homes. It’s not as though the issue is an isolated one: forty two states have been affected by the illness with 465 infections, 86 hospitalisations and one death.
Much like with coronavirus, the suggestions on how to defend yourself against salmonella from poultry are simple: wash your hands thoroughly after touching the birds, their eggs or their surroundings; keep chickens out of your house and change your shoes after you go outside to tend to them; and avoid consuming food when you are with the animals. Most importantly, it is highly recommended to socially distance yourself from the chickens and to stop giving them unnecessary levels of soppy affection – no matter how cute they may be.
You can, however, lick your lips once the birds are safely in the oven.