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.