Flu Update: Tuesday Morning, April 28

Once again, Effect Measure is on the ball. I don’t know much about the Flu (“Normal” Flu or the Swine Flu) but this writer certainly seems to.  PalMD listened in on a conference call conducted by the CDC; here’s his take on the subject. Here’s the latest CDC update page, and something new: the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) information page.

The two most important things that we can do are 1) Wash our hands; and 2) Learn how to sneeze.

Let’s look at the second one first. Traditionally, we are taught to cover our mouth when we sneeze. But we naturally sneeze into our hands! And very few of us stop right then and take the time to wash our hands. So do something different: when you cough or sneeze, place your nose in the crook of your elbow. We still need to take the time to wash our hands, but when you do it this way, your sneeze is muffled yet your hands are still (relatively) clean.

People know how to wash their hands, they just don’t do it long enough. So how long should you wash? Can you sing? (or at least hum?)

Wet your hands, and then use the soap. Scrub with the soap for at least as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday!”. Then you can rinse and dry your hands.

Of course, it’s best if you sing to yourself. Don’t embarrass us all by breaking out into song while you are in the restroom….!


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