Protective Socks?

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Yet another fear mongering article has appeared to misinform the uneducated. Dr. Marybeth Crane in Barefoot Passengers in Disgusting Airports describes pathogens found on airport floors. I will ignore Dr. Crane’s exaggerated odds of infection from the pathogens. I will even ignore Dr. Crane’s words “saving your life”.

I will instead focus on one aspect of Dr. Crane’s warning. According to her, all one needs to protect one’s self is a pair of socks. Socks! Really? I did not see Dr. Crane recommending any particular type of sock, such as non-porous latex if such exists. All of the socks I have ever seen are porous, breathable fabric that will certainly allow microscopic pathogens to pass unimpeded. Fungal spores can be airborne, for example, so direct contact with the floor is not even necessary.

How are socks going to stop these deadly pathogens from infecting our feet? Dr. Crane never explains any of this. She simply says socks will protect us. She does not appear to be selling socks. Perhaps it works like the child pulling the covers over their head, so the monster can’t get them.

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6 Responses to “Protective Socks?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    A lot of similarly ridiculous pages come up if you search google for ‘barefoot airport’ (and maybe also with -bandit).

    I’ll be taking a trip in January and plan on going barefoot. Sure makes security checkpoints easier! 😀

  2. Protective Socks? Are your Feet Safe at the Airport? | Living Barefoot Says:

    […] Protective Socks? « Society for Barefoot Living: “Yet another fear mongering article has appeared to misinform the uneducated. Dr. Marybeth Crane in Barefoot Passengers in Disgusting Airports describes pathogens found on airport floors. I will ignore Dr. Crane’s exaggerated odds of infection from the pathogens. I will even ignore Dr. Crane’s words “saving your life”.” […]

  3. Daniel Howell Says:

    I was so disturbed by Dr. Crane’s article that I had to blog about it myself, but I missed the whole sock thing! Very good point, Greg.

  4. Bob Neinast Says:

    Do you want to know what is really stupid about the socks? All those fibers are just perfect for grabbing and holding on to any spore or pathogen. And then, once she does go through security, what is she going to do next? Put those feet and those socks with the attached pathogens back into her shoes, so that they are trapped in there next to her skin for the next umpteem hours. In nice warm, moist incubators.

  5. Beach Bum Says:

    And apparently this “doctor” fails to understand the scale of microbes vs woven fabric, that millions of microbes can fit in the spaces between the threads of the socks. If it’s not waterproof, (like latex gloves), then it’s not germ proof.

  6. Adam Says:

    I often say this, This is WHY we have some thing called an Immune System, what is the Immune System supposed to do? why fight they very germs w\this doctor speaks of, what the heck is the use of having an Immune System if we aren’t going to allow it to do it’s JOB?going bare foot helps keep our immune system strong. thats WHY we bare footers don’t get sick that often.

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