We really are chancers, every single one of us.
Not always knowingly – in fact often with the best of intentions.
But every day we take chances that are so deadly, we’re lucky to be alive.
Ah yes, says the Hand Hygiene brigade, we know.
People are in a hurry, they either forget to wash their hands, or mean to do it later – or simply wing it, hoping nobody will notice.
And because the human body is so amazingly resilient, 9 times out of 10 they get away with it.
Day to day we don’t get tummy bugs, or colds and flu, or something way more serious.
Because even if we do there’s usually a pill for it. Slurp, swallow, sorted.
Yet all the time we know there’s monsters – e. coli, MRSA, campylobacter, salmonella or norovirus, just waiting to grab us. Not to mention TB, yellow fever, ebola, polio or any of the other heavyweights. All floating in the air, waiting for their moment.
And any one of them can take us down, clean hands or not. You might scrub your nails, but then you touch your hair, or simply take a breath and – whoops!
But come on, this is the Twenty-First Century, we don’t have to live like that.
If it’s too hot, we have central heating – too cold, air conditioning.
And because it’s so germy, we have total room sterilisers too.
Yes, we do, all ready to go right now, but nobody thinks about them. Why? Well they didn’t even remember their hands, did they?
Actually they’re pretty smart – and effective, these germ-killing auto-robots. Before you go into a room, they can eliminate every known bacteria or virus there is by oxidising it to nothing. With a supermist of hydrogen peroxide that gets in everywhere.
You might have germs on your hands or in your clothing. You might waft in with a whole stack more all clouded around you. But there’s nothing lurking waiting for you, not a thing.
Not in the air, underneath anything, or hiding in the cracks.
Unless you’ve been careless beforehand, you’re safe.
So are your kids, or anyone else who uses the same room. Free from germs, all OK.
Makes you think, doesn’t it?
If germs can be zapped outright, why so iffy wherever you go?
Why aren’t these things in hospitals, schools, hotels, restaurants – everywhere? Why are people still getting sick?
Because we’re all chancers is why. It can’t happen to me.
Oh yes, it can. And if you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ll know it will.
Because all those pills we’ve been taking for when we chance it? The bugs we take them for are becoming immune. Resistant to antibiotics. Our miracle cures are beginning not to work any more.
Best not to take chances at all. Eliminate germs, everybody wins.