We’ve been told our lives and bodies are basically made to be exposed to germs, and that we shouldn’t ever wash our hands. It is impossible for your body to completely wash itself, and that is why we should always use our sanitizer and soap on a regular basis.
Weve also heard that the world has become an awful lot safer for everyone. We’ve been told that most people who want to be able to live in the world without health problems are already through it. This is a pretty big assumption that seems to be true on a few levels.
In the story, the world is an entirely different place. You now have to deal with the fact that you are literally living in a world with no washing required. You are not immune to disease, and you must now deal with the fact that you have no sanitizer. In my book, that means you have to go to the doctor.
Even if you could, you would not be able to eat a rat. That’s the problem with the reality book. The only way to deal with that would be to make sure that you do not eat rats.