First, Wear a Face Mask: A Doctor’s Guide to Reducing Risk of Infection During the Pandemic and Beyond by Dr. Philip M. Tierno, Jr.
Non-fiction | Health | Current Events | Medical
Published by Rodale Publishing
Released 1 September 2020
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When Rodale Publishing reached out to me for a review of First, Wear a Mask, I immediately said yes. It felt like an important book to read and discuss during this world-wide COVID-19 pandemic. As it’s a very straight-forward book, this won’t be a very long review.
It’s a short book at just 125 pages. It literally covers everything – how to clean every surface and item you can imagine, the best homemade cleaning supplies, how to travel safely, how to sanitize your mail, how to keep germs to a minimum in your home – again, just about everything. The information contained within First, Wear a Mask left me feeling confident in my ability to protect myself and my family.
I appreciated all of the information, but there were a few times where it may have gotten a little too over the top. For example, his suggestion that you take your own cleaning supplies to hotels to clean the room before staying there. If you want to do that, great – do it. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making sure you’re in a clean environment. Personally, however, I’m choosing not to go to those lengths. (As an aside, I worked in hotels for most of my twenties. One of them was a very upscale resort hotel and the other a pretty cheap beach hotel. Most of my friends also work in hospitality, some of them specifically in housekeeping. In all cases, I never came across situations where the rooms weren’t being properly cleaned. I’m sure it happens, but in my experience, it isn’t common.)
I’d really recommend this short, informative book to everyone. From people just getting out on their own to older people who have been cleaning up after themselves for decades, there is bound to be some bit of information within these pages that will teach you something new. `