Thinking outside the box is a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to novel or creative thinking. Americans are looking for the Coronavirus from every handshake, sneeze or cough. They are even suspicious of every Asian they come across. But that is not thinking outside of the box or trashcan.

One of the most disease carrying components in a neighborhood is the garbage professional. He touches hundreds of garbage cans in a neighborhood with and without gloves. If the neighbor has the flu, measles, chickenpox or the Coronavirus couldn't it spread by handling trash. According to a 2007 study from the Hygiene Council funded by the company Reckitt Benckiser (creators of Lysol), a survey of 35 American homes revealed that on average, there are over 411 million bacteria per square inch in a garbage pail.

We're estimated to have around 1,500 bacteria living on each square centimetre of skin on our hands. Areas such as underneath the fingernails and between the fingers often harbour even more.