How Not to Get Sick

No one wants to get sick, so if you are a bit of a hypochondriac, listen up. My blog today is geared to you. The time is ripe for the onset of winter maladies. No matter where you go, you are exposed to other people carrying a cold or virus around. Some don’t even know they are a version of Typhoid Mary. She never knew she was the source of hundreds of fatal cases.

I enjoy working with a medical staff at a hospital in my area. I learn new things all the time, just by walking through the hallways. During certain seasons of the year, I get lessons in health by osmosis. I know the importance of reducing germs in one’s environment and the importance of frequent handwashing after reading about it on Facebook. It isn’t always best to use the antiseptic gel in a dispenser as these can wreak havoc with the natural immune system when applied several times a day—as in a hospital. I get paranoid during cold and flu season and am afraid of constant exposure. In actuality, I literally work in a “germ factory.”

Hospitals are notorious for spreading germs. You want to think twice before having an operation requiring a long stay. Most often, there is nothing you can do about it. As your doctor about preventative measures. Stay rested and well in advance so you can fight off any germ invasion in the operating or recovery room. For the rest of us—the workers and the visitors, it no less a matter of keeping germs at bay. You will find me several times a day bending over the pristine American Standard faucet from Kitchen Faucet Depot in the closest lavatory. The hospital installed new ones recently, so they could upgrade water delivery without waste. It is all about conservation these days. Remember when faucets would gush water? Now, they go on for only a short duration.

The chrome finish of the American Standard faucet is brand new and shines brightly. I imagine that more than a few thousand kinds of bacteria lived in the old ones. You can’t always kill them off easily when they hide in crevasses and crannies. They must die in their own time. Meanwhile, they like to multiply. The insides of the old faucets must have been coated with lime. Now, when I wash my hands, I can feel the purity of the water, or at least I imagine it this way.

You can walk around wearing a HEPA filter if you are serious about your health, especially when in public such as a bus, train or plane. Anywhere you breathe the air of others has potential risk. Fortunately, most people have an adequate immune system. If not, I advise you to stay at home during cold and flu season. Meanwhile, keep those hands washed, especially after shaking hands or touching something that has been exposed to germs. This means everything!