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Tuesday, December 23, 2003
Oh for the love of...
Replacing pop with juice and gatorade is an improvement but it's sure as fuck not going to cut down on the number of obese kids. Gatorade has salts and juice has some vitamin C and/or vitamin A. It's still SUGAR WATER folks. That's the only difference. (Well that and caffeine, but I refuse to believe that there's anything wrong with caffeine.) Drink 2 or less servings a day and you'll be fine.

Chances are even that this is my aunt Brenda's doing.

posted by Rachel 12/23/2003
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For anybody who doesn't read Dan's blog. Please read and heed
this.

"In this, the season of High Flu Anxiety, there's a simple thing the workaholics among us can do to make everybody else feel better: Keep your coughs, your sneezes, your runny noses, your fever-flushed faces where they belong. At home.

These are doctors' orders, straight from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The doctors are talking not just about adults but about their germ-spreading children as well.

"If you have a fever in a respiratory illness, you shouldn't go to work. You shouldn't go to school. Your kids shouldn't go to day care," said CDC director Julie Gerberding this week. "They ought to be home so they're not serving as a threat of transmission to others."
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People likely are most contagious, Flomenberg said, "while they're coughing and acutely ill."

Public-health officials this year are emphasizing what they're calling "respiratory etiquette."

Basically, that's doing your best to not spread your illness to other people. If you must go to work when you're sick, cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.

In general, experts said, employees who don't come to work when they should are a bigger problem than employees who do come to work when they shouldn't. But many of us know people who've worked when they were clearly sick. Many of us have done it.

So why do people drag themselves to the office when they could be lying in a warm bed at home?

Psychologists who specialize in workplace issues say some people just have a powerful work ethic or commitment to their jobs. Some have an exaggerated sense of their importance. Others come in because they're afraid that if they don't show up, they'll lose their jobs or their coworkers will be swamped."
Skipping social events is an even easier call to make. I know it's the holidays and it's really unfair to miss out, but you are literally risking people's lives when you spread your germs.

I am a healthy person. Most people wouldn't think about spreading germs to me. What people don't see is that I work in a building full of people with compromised immune systems. I have a good friend who's chronically ill. The flu could carry those people off in a heartbeat. We're talking about people dying. While I wouldn't spread it knowingly, you're contagious before you realize that you're ill. So basic common courtesy requires that anyone who knows that they are sick to not share.

Another article on the same subject.
"Adults with flu are most infectious during a period of three to five days after symptoms first appear. In kids, it is three to seven days. People with colds are most infectious for about five days after symptoms appear.

Educating people about the dangers of unprotected coughs and sneezes is the No. 1 influenza prevention method listed in the classic text on infectious diseases, "Control of Communicable Diseases in Man," published by the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Also needed is education of employers, so they realize that an employee on the job with a cold or flu may be a health risk to other workers. That seemingly loyal employee may cause absenteeism, lost productivity and lost profits as the disease spreads and more employees fall ill.

A cultural shift is needed, as well, so that society recognizes the rudeness and danger in an unprotected cough or sneeze, and nobody would dream of gracing such a public health faux pas as a sneeze with, "Bless you."

posted by Rachel 12/23/2003
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