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It’s that time of year – no, not the holidays, but cold and flu season. We all know we should take precautions – flu shot, vitamin C, etcetera. But what we don't do, seemingly, is respect each others’ personal space – which is key if you don’t want to make people sick.
True story – one of our staffers was out recently with his wife, when they met a friend. Pleasantries were exchanged – meaning hugs, kisses, and hand contact. “How are you?” asked the staffer. The friend replied, “Oh, it’s so good to be out of the house – my husband has the flu.”
Really? Really? You don’t think maybe that little tidbit of information was important before the hugging and kissing? It’s not like our staffer said “Oh look, honey, it’s our friend patient zero! Let’s get up close and personal!” Sure enough – both of them wind up with the flu.
And that bothers me. Why? Because I have to work in close quarters with the person who I will now call “Typhoid Mary”. And I don’t want to be in the same room as them if they're not wearing a Hazmat Suit. I mean, they say they're better now. But how do I know that? They're actually sitting right over there. Hey, Typhoid Mary, put your surgical mask back on!
We can’t avoid germs forever. Even notable germaphobes like Howie Mandel and Howard Stern get sick. Heck, Howard Hughes probably even got the sniffles every now and then. Hey, why are all germaphobes named Howard? That’s odd. Mental note: hang out with more Howards. They probably bathe in Purell.
It’s one thing if you’re in a crowded subway train and happen to be adjacent to someone who’s sick. It happens – at least in big cities like ours. But even then you can have compassion for your fellow commuters. The Elbow Cough is a good start.
If you’re sick, stay home. You always hear people saying “There’s a nasty bug going around.” If you’re exposed to it, stay home. If you have to go out, wash your hands constantly. Sanitize. And for the love of Pete, respect people’s space! There’s no scenario where people will resent you for keeping your distance when you might, possibly be carrying a bug or virus. It’s basic respect.
And as for you, Typhoid Mary, back off – I want a clear exit path from the studio. For Naked News, I'm Eila Adams!
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