File this one under "things I hope go away and never come back after COVID."

The New York Times posted a story today citing a study done by YouGov in Britain. The study, which was picked up by The Guardian, examines the amount of people that have stopped bathing and/or showering during the pandemic. Now, I get that some folks are working completely remotely, and their "commute" is now from their bed to their desk, to their coffee maker and back.

Still, the numbers are pretty shocking.

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Among the notable numbers, the study shows that 17% of people are showering either less often or MUCH less often than they were before the pandemic. That stat is compounded by the fact that 16% of people are using deodorant either less, or much less, than normal. We also have percentages of people that aren't changing socks and underwear, and aren't brushing their teeth, as much as normal.

I hope you'll excuse me as I go find the nearest trash can.

Now, we all have those lazy days while in quarantine or working remotely. You know what I'm talking about...the days where the bed is extra comfy, and it takes a herculean effort just to feed yourself lunch. I get that, it's human nature. That said, if it becomes a long-lasting trend, and we're going days, even weeks without showering or applying deodorant, that's where I draw the line. I'm someone who needs a sense of normalcy in my life, and starting a day with a shower is a great way to get back to that. Heck, after a stressful day, why not close with a shower before bed. That sounds heavenly right about now, actually.

Ultimately, whatever you choose to do behind closed doors is your business and not mine. But, if I ever have to share an office or a restaurant booth with you, I'm crossing my fingers that I'll be able to survive it.

Here are some tips for self-care during the pandemic:

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