"Coughs and sneezes spread diseases"
Simple sentence isn't it? It was used in the 1940s to remind people to use hankies and wash their hands when they are ill. It has been around since before most of us were born and drummed into us at school.
So why do so many people, so many adults, ignore this?
The time is upon us, where no hand railing, public transport or busy workplace is safe to breath free clean air. Or touch, well, anything.
It's winter, and that brings diseases.
Autumn and winter are by my favourite times of the year. Halloween, Guy Fawkes night, my birthday, Christmas and New Year are Just some of the delights I have to look forward to.
But, it also brings me dread. And disgust. And severe temper tantrums. Why do so many people think its acceptable to sneeze and cough without covering their mouth?! Or using a hankie instead of their hand or sleeve? It mystifies me. An enrages me. I have on occasion gave people, strangers and loved ones, a dressing down for doing any of the above. Of course you can get caught odd guard and a rouge sneeze comes out but for the most part, it is unforgivable.
You know that hand railing you touched? A guy just wipe his nose using his hand and touched the railing before you. Sitting on the train to work, the person coughing into the air is spreading droplet particles that you will breath in. Sickening, isn't it?!
So here is my winter survival kit, to get me out alive;
- Disposable hankies and plenty of them. Cheap as chips, small and light. No excuse not to have some.
- Anti bacterial hand gel. You are going to need this if you like touching your eyes or face a lot (like me) to stop spreading any germs you might have picked up from others. Also, great to use before food, especially finger food.
- A scarf. It's not unknown of me to put it up over my nose while on the bus on my way to uni. It stops me inhaling germs and keeps my nose warm. I'm bloody mental, but an honest mentalist.
- Gloves. Provides a barrier between you and the germ ridden public world out there. And keeps the fingers warm. Just remember to wash them now and then.
- If a rouge germ does get past your defensive Barrier and you feel ill, multivitamin tablets with extra vitamin C are your best friends to help keep your immune system up and going strong.