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13 January 2011

nothing to sneeze at

Trying to be anodyne honestly, but I want to be virus free at the same time.
The cost of airborne infection, to We The People, is huge. Sensible use of
a proper handkerchief would save every dollar of it.
This infectious person always seems to be behind me on a tram, a train, a bus, or in any queue. If it was Sweden I could charge them with assault. A tiny balled-up paper tissue does not confine their germs from the air we share. Neither does that crooked knuckle they touch to their nose, after they sneeze, on the train, while they stare me down.
(image thanks to BetsyVintage.com I found via The Green Blog)

12 comments:

  1. I agree with you totally!
    When I was a small child, children were taught by parents and teachers to properly cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing.
    I've lost count of the number of times I've been coughed or sneezed on, anywhere really, but particularly at the checkout while working, so I can't dash off and immediately wash my hands or face.

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  2. In my work bag is a packet of tissues, expensive ones, so I think twice before pulling them out, Wet Ones and always a handkerchief. It gets grimy sitting in my work bag, so I change it about once a week. If I have a cold or hayfever, I might take three hankies to work and I use them.

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  3. We used to have a rhyme at school. "Coughs and sneezes, spread diseases. So cover your mouths, you disgusting little snot nosed bastards." It didn't scan very well, admittedly, but it's a pity they don't still teach it.

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  4. It's just one of the hazards (albeit nasty!) of living in a world with an off-line community ... spreading a virus takes on a whole new meaning on-line!

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  5. I often wonder if I"m handkerchief obsessed. I have dozens of mansize hankies at the ready. They used to be the only thing I ever ironed. Tissssues simply are not large enough for a really good blow.

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  6. It's frightening if you think about all the germs there are - everywhere - . I try not to think about it.

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  7. OH I hear you - sneezing, probably.

    We three Locketts are hanky-wielding HONKERS of the highest degree. All nasally all well aware of covering our explosions and having a good, loud blow. Oh and there's a box of tissues in every room too.

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  8. Tell me about it! There's a 'better out than in' philosophy to sneeze/cough here in s.korea. Seriously. But actually what gets me more is the sound of snotty-nosed people constantly sniffling. Hankies never caught on here.
    But for me, there's always a hankerchief in my left pocket.

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  9. Here Here - dirty, disease-ridden commuting scumbags. Still, the open tram is better than sitting next to a fellow, hermetically-sealed Air China passenger who is hoiking-up lurgies a-plenty all flight long, and disposing of them by spitting them on the carpet at his feet and rubbing-in the mucous-ey mess with said foot. I really couldn't imagine how that Swine Flu thing got 'round so easily!

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  10. These days littlies who are in pre school are taught to sneeze or cough into the inside of their elbows and it is the hands which open doors, hang onto banisters and trolleys - makes sense but hard to break a lifetime habit of its being the hand

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  11. I agree with you hear.. I just get annoyed when I see parents who let there kids do this.
    - Sy

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  12. I suspect many people secretly enjoy passing on their bugs!

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