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During flu season, keep your germs to yourself please!

by Archives November 29, 2006

Most people see the holidays as a fun, happy time when families and friends get together to make lasting memories. However, it should be kept in mind that the holiday season is a sort of oxymoron, where sharing and pure selfishness occur almost simultaneously. A contradiction yes but, as is often the case, it’s also the truth.

I’m not talking about giving and receiving gifts, well not good gifts anyways. I’m talking about people and their selfish inability to cover their mouths when they cough and sneeze on the metro, the bus, or any public place at all.

How difficult I ask is it to raise your hand to your face when you are forcefully expelling potentially harmful and definitely disgusting germs into the vicinity of the helpless and innocent people around you?

Really, is it too much to ask for everyone to keep the heavy breathing to a minimum? And of course, the always wonderful sniffling and wheezing that never fail to accompany the holidays? Can we try and cut it down?

We were taught as kids that sharing is good, but there are times when people take it too far. Placing your still “moist from the whooping cough” hand near mine on the bus seat is really not something I’m going to relish; better luck next time! As much as I would love to have bronchitis, I think I’ll have to pass.

So, for anyone who is still struggling with the concept of minimizing their germ allocation, there are workshops which teach the proper techniques for covering one’s mouth. Look them up!

To those who feel the need to share their bacteria and entangle others in their somewhat nauseating games, please embrace the un-tutored child within and don’t bother!

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