House of J wrote:Basically, I am always this way during cold and flu season ever since that one time. All I see are people coughing all over things, not washing their hands, etc. The whole thing grosses me out.
I read a report about a study showing the rates at which people catch the flu.
If you are in a room with someone who has the flu...and you never come in contact with the person or something they touch...you have a 10% chance of catching the flu.
If you are in a room with someone who has the flu...and you do
come in contact with the person or something they touch...you have a 50% chance of catching the flu.
Wash hands frequently -- 4-6 times a day.
Wash hands more often if you work with the public.
Wash hands with soap for at least 30 seconds. Anti-bacterial soap doesn't do any good. Colds and flus are viruses. Washing your hands removes dirt and oils which may be harboring the viruses.
Places that are used by many people may be places that help transmit the virus -- door knobs, door handles, public telephones, computer keyboards, grocery store shopping carts, etc.
During cold and flu season, I always have a paper towel of some sort to use to open doors. When I go to the grocery store in the winter, I lay my gloves on the handle of the cart so I don't touch the cart. If I don't have a paper towel or glove, I use the edge of my shirt to open the door. And if I shake someone's hand, I make sure I don't touch my face or mouth in any way until I have washed my hands.
I was perfectly content before I was born.