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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-11-13 11:13 PM
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Flu season--a time when friction is healthy.
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Boston's Mayor last week declared a state of emergency due to the flu.

The CDC now says that the flu is at epidemic levels. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/11/us-usa-flu-id...

The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I was over 37 million. There were over 16 million deaths and 20 million wounded ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history.


These figures cover all the nations and colonies that participated in World W I, not only the U.S.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I_casualties

War War I, however, was compassionate in comparison with the flu pandemic that followed it.


Historical Importance of the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic: In three waves, the Spanish flu spread quickly, killing an estimated 50 million to 100 million people around the world.


http://history1900s.about.com/od/1910s/p/spanishflu.htm

And there is not enough flu vaccine for everyone who wants it.

Whether or not you have a conspiracy theory about the flu epidemic, take some precautions.




Ordinarily, I don't do a lot of Purell because of superbugs and I think building one's own natural antibodies is important. But, I recommend carrying a small bottle of Purell or similar product around, in case you can't avoid shaking hands, etc. Use as much friction as you can.

BTW, we should replace shaking hands. The practice originated so strangers could show each other their hand was not concealing a weapon. It's outlived its practical purpose. Maybe we can tap elbows or forearms to symbolize that we come in peace and allow everyone to keep their germy hands to themselves..

When you have access to soap and water, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. Hottest water possible and, again, as much friction as possible.

And if you don't have access to handwashing or Purell, rub your hands together to create as much friction as you can.

Here's what studies have found over the years. Rubber gloves are something, but not as effective as handwashing. And the part of handwashing that is most effective is not hot water, not soap, but the friction we create when we wash our hands. So, "don't be shy."

Carry antiseptic wipes and tissues so that you avoid picking up anything on doorknobs, supermarket carts, etc., even the handles on public sinks. My supermarket has had a dispenser for Purell or something like it at the entrance, but I never saw a lot of people using them. I guess the supermarket didn't either, so, now, it also provides antiseptic wipes. But, not every public place does that.

For the sake of others, cover a cough or sneeze with the inside of your arm, near the elbow, rather than with your hand, which will surely transfer your germs as you move through your day.

I prepare most of the food that I eat and I plan to increase that, which unfortunately did not occur to me until after I did takeout for lunch at a place that does only takeout. Now, I have to worry that some food preparer that was coming down with the flu may have used his or her hands to cover a cough, sneeze or yawn.

And, you cannot control others who may cough in your face.

And hope for an early Spring.



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