Cough, splutter – every bug around.
Seems you can’t help yourself.
And as soon as you’re over the first, the next one’s on the way.
Blame it on your hectic lifestyle.
Always on the go, no time to stop. Rushed meals, not enough sleep, too much happening at once.
Stress. Yes, that’s it.
Your body’s immune system is down because of stress – and catching every bug is paying the price.
What a load of old tosh.
Germ reality check
Oh sure, you’re catching every bug. Because your body’s in a state the germs find easy to get in.
But not stressed.
More like undefended.
Those germs are coming at you all the time – just like they do for all of us – and you’re doing nothing to stop them.
Colds, flu, norovirus, UTI, e.coli – your list of absences reads like a calendar, every month of the year.
Yes, but if that was stress, you’d be out of circulation by now – permanently surrounded by a crowd of worried consultants in white coats.
In the meantime, you’re still catching every bug.
OK, let’s ask you a question.
You’re always one the move, with no time for yourself – can’t even remember breakfast it was so long ago, if you didn’t skip it altogether… So when was the last time you properly washed your hands? The real thing with soap and hot water, having a good old scrub?
Come on in, door’s open
Because chances are you’ve gone through the whole morning without any chance of getting to the washroom. And now you’re grabbing a quick salad wrap al desko, gulping down it quick so you’re ready for those heavyweight clients this afternoon.
And during all this time you’ve handled your keys, money, phone, the railings in the street, grab-handle on the bus and again in the Underground, lift button, door handle, security keypad and a whole stack of documents.
So inside or outside, whatever germs are on them, your hands have picked them up too.
And because ALL of us touch our face repeatedly throughout the day, those germs have easy continuous access through the soft tissue round your eyes, nose and mouth. Or are hitching a free ride down your throat with every mouthful of salad wrap.
Open doors, see. And without soap and water – or a wipe-down with antibacterial gel – you’re letting them in without checking their boarding pass. No permit, no visa, they’re on their way to create mayhem and you’re just letting them.
Which is why you’re always coming down with every bug around.
So it’s not stress, it’s forgotten hygiene.
Pushed out of the way by a busy lifestyle. And the illusion that most of the time your hands LOOK clean.
Deceptive though, because germs are so small, they’re invisible. Microscopic. You could have 3 million on your little finger and never know. Very iffy when it only takes 10 to come down with norovirus.
It’s not just your hands either. It’s everything. We think we’re in clean, clear air – but reality is we’re constantly swimming around in a germ soup.
Take a look in a fish tank – one of those jobs with a light in the top, so you can see the fish.
See all that stuff in suspension? Algae. They’re microbes too. Like bacteria and viruses. Tiny particles catching the light – just floating there, not rising or sinking. Exactly like germs are in the air around us.
Which means they’re on your desk, your skin, your clothes and everything you touch. So even if you clean your hands, they’re instantly covered in germs again as soon as you touch anything that hasn’t also been cleaned.
Plus of course they’re always there in the air itself – germs floating and swirling around, just like in the fish tank.
Except just like most of us never clean our hands, we never clean the air either. And anyway, how do you take a scrubbing brush to a handful of nothing?
Scrubbing the air
So sitting in your office with your colleagues around you, all those germs, all those open doors – is it any wonder you catch every bug around?
They can be stopped though. Eliminated completely by sterilising the place every night when everybody’s gone home. Easy-peasy with one of those ionised air-misting jobbies.
Oh sure, a whole lot more come in from outside when people arrive in the morning. But at least the pace is germ-free to start with. None on any surface, or in the air – the place is safe.
Now at least, you stand a fighting chance. Make hands clean as often as you can – and keep everything clean around you – germs get less of a look in.
No more days off sick.
Or more likely with colds and tummy twinges – because you can’t take time off so easily when you’re half-sick – sitting at your desk feeling like grim death.
But that’s not you any more. With no germs around, there’s no sick to feel.
So you’re up and running, full of the joys of spring. And every bug around is somewhere else.
And the very best of health to you!
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