It’s better than pulling a sickie – and it’s official.
To avoid coming down with this year’s nasty, take yourself out of circulation.
STAY AT HOME!
It seems finally the research wallahs have been hit by common sense.
The “doh” effect
If you take yourself out of the equation, nothing can happen to you.
Not quite the same as your Doc saying take two weeks in the sun. But the nearest thing to it.
Believe it or not, this “procedure” even has a name.
And it’s the brain-child of four high-powered American study centres: University of California, Arizona State University, Georgia State University and Yale University.
These guys are serious though, and so are their recommendations.
Wide-spread flu attacks should be treated as an epidemic and the most effective way to avoid them is “social distancing.”
That’s where the “stay at home” bit comes in.
As evidence, the boffins cite the outbreak of A/H1N1 swine flu in Mexico City in 2009.
Inundated with cases, the federal government shut schools and people stayed home – limiting the number of others they came in contact with.
Kinda obvious isn’t it?
If you’ve got the bug, you can’t give it to anyone except the family.
And if anyone else has got it, they don’t come near you.
Back to the old philosophy: prevention is better than cure.
So it’s not YOU who should call your boss, because you’re sick and staying home.
It’s YOUR BOSS who should call you, because others are sick and you should stay home. (Tweet this)
A one-word tactic – AVOID.
Way better and more productive than dragging yourself to work, bringing everyone else down with it so the whole export department is out, clogging up your GP for antibiotics that don’t work, then staggering in to an overcrowded A&E because the flu brought complications from working late.
Just think of the price tag too – to you, to your employer, to the NHS, and to the country.
In fact, staying home is MORE productive.
Well, you’ve got broadband haven’t you? So you’re not going to sit there, bored out of your skull with Eastenders.
You can network the office or anywhere in the world – snug as bug under the duvet with a mug of hot chocolate – on flexible hours too, so the heck with the alarm clock.
Skype, Hangouts, what’s the problem?
Plus, plus, plus!
If your employer’s on the ball, he applies AVOID tactics too.
Not just by staying home himself.
But by taking the opportunity to sterilise the offices – remove all viruses and bacteria completely.
No germs at work
No residue bugs hanging around to infect people when they come back.
Easy peasy – mist the place up with hydrogen peroxide ultra-fine spray and all germs are oxidised to nothing.
Flu, norovirus, e.coli, campylobacter, c.difficile, salmonella, legionnaire’s disease, smallpox, Ebola, whatever – all dead and gone and not coming back.
So what’s not to like?
You get time off, paid to put your feet up.
Your offices get purified.
Nobody suffers a moment with coughs or sniffles.
Yes, sure it’s bloody obvious, as the Duke of Edinburgh might say.
So why didn’t we think of this before?
Originally posted 2015-01-23 11:55:41.