“Yes, I do.”
“They will make you sick!”
“No, in fact I very rarely get sick.”
“You bastard, I hate you.”
Thus was the conversation with my sort-of-ex-Jewish very-ex-wife.
Germs are real, but pathogens that we need to worry about are carried by other humans and our parasites, not by dirt.
There is no point trying to hide from your bacteria
“There is no point trying to hide from your bacteria, for they are on you and around you always, in numbers you can’t conceive of. If you are in good health and averagely diligent about your hygiene, you will have a herd of about one trillion bacteria grazing on your fleshy plains – about one hundred thousand of them on every square centimetre of skin. And those are just the bacteria that inhabit your skin… Every human body consists of about ten quadrillion cells, but it is host to about a hundred quadrillion bacterial cells. They are, in short, a big part of us. From the bacteria’s point of view, of course, we are a rather small part of them… This is their planet, and we are only on it because they allow us to be”.