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Germs and how to avoid them

Jan 3, 2007
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There is a reason that the winter is cold and flu season. The nasty stinky creatures that roam outside during the summer are trapped inside with you during the winter months. No, I'm not speaking of dogs, cats or even vermin; I'm talking about co-workers and family members. Children in particular are little petree dishes just waiting to infect unsuspecting adults.

The stupid simple best thing you can do to avoid getting sick (we like stupid simple) is to wash your hands. Wash them often especially if someone with a cold is around.

Follow this advice, if they sneeze they gots a disease, so stay away.

In addition to washing hands, it's important that hands be washed thoroughly. Hands should be rubbed for at least 15 seconds with soap and water under hot water. While you're there, check your nails and clean under any rings. Then dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel.

If you exercise, don't forget to wash up before and after to get rid of the sweat and gook (yours and other people who don't wash).

In public bathrooms it's a good idea to not only wash your hands but to use the paper towel after drying to open the door to get out of the bathroom. This avoids picking up the germs of all the other people who did not wash their hands on the way out.

Other germ avoidance methods include using your feet to flush the toilet and using elbows or wrist to dispense paper towels or soap. In fact it is claimed that flushing a toilet with the seat up can catapult fecal matter clear across the bathroom, so if there is a lid close it and then use a long stick to flush the toilet. Or, if you prefer, just leave a gift for your co-workers. It will make you the hit of the office.

In addition to washing regularly it's a good idea to avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and other people during the winter months. The former orifices can let the germs in. The later can get you arrested without dinner and dancing.

Another handy method of keeping hands clean when you are not near good ole’ soap and water is hand sanitizer. This stuff comes in a gel. You rub the gel in your hands until they are dry. The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in the gel kills germs. A little dab will kill 99.99% of germs without any water or towels.

If you do happen to feel like you are getting sick there are lots of products on the market to combat it nowadays. Vitamin C is always helpful to boost the old immune system, but I tend to go for the zinc lozenges.

Cold-eeze brand lozenges can lessen the suffering time by 42% from about 8 to about 4 days. Another miracle pill is the airborne pill. Airborne boosts your immune system with a pile of vitamins and minerals you aren’t getting out of your taco and cheeseburger diet. These pills come in a tube with Alka-Seltzer like pills you add to tap water.

But to avoid all these pills and lozenges and avoid getting sick it helps to get lots of sleep. Lack of sleep can weaken your immune system. So, sleep a lot. I think that's the best getting older tip.

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