Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Stay Away From Me

That first tickle in your throat is an ominous precursor of misery to come. Sore throat. Coughing. Runny nose. Fever. Congestion. Fatigue. [Pause.] Inconvenience. [Sigh.] No one wants to be sick, but this is the time of year that germs go flying and there always seems to be someone around you that catches something unwanted.

It’s usually not hard to tell who has caught a bug with their sniffling and coughing and nasally voice. Granted, there’s only a certain number of hours that people are actually contagious for, but these symptoms are all indicators of those to stay away from—a warning of things to come if you’re not careful. So if you’re truly sick, it’s probably best to just stay at home and rest and regain your strength (not to mention not contaminating the rest of us with your cold or flu).

You can always do your best to avoid getting sick: washing your hands, using hand sanitizer, and avoiding touching and being breathed upon by those sick. But you can’t avoid getting sick all the time—eventually a persistent bug will find its way to you and make you miserable. (And I only hope that I can prolong that inevitability for another year…)

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