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Hand Washing

All news outlets are covering the H1N1 Flu outbreak that is upon us. In my morning commute I listened to NPR coverage about this very topic. Clearly, it is the end of the world as we know it. Hundreds are dead in Mexico (only 20, actually), and state by state, cases (mild though they may be) are filtering their way into hospitals.

So I sent a text to my kids with this sage advice: “Wash your hands today – alot!”

Note, one does not eat pork to contract this flu virus. In fact, the virus spreads through airborne particles coughed or sneezed from someone sitting next to you in cubeville corporate America, or at the Denny’s where you get your breakfast, or in line at the grocery store, or from a doorknob recently licked by someone already infected. The bacteria in the air we breathe and from your very own finger finds its way into your system through your mouth, or eye, or nose.

How can you avoid catching this irritable (and deadly) virus and become a flu statistic? Three little words:




The Mayo Clinic offers this advice on hand washing. Read it. Learn it. Live it. Perhaps the most significant point to remember when washing your hands is to use both soap and WARM water. This basic combination fights off such infectious diseases as diarrhea, flu, cold germs and many other food-related illnesses.

So wash up. And stay the heck away from me.



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