September 14, 2006
Bad Colds, Bad Manners
Growing up with a grandfather, who sometimes exuded milder characteristics of Howard Hughes, I’m acutely aware of heavy germ belts, and when I'm approaching one.
If you tend to be more aware or health conscious, you'll notice just how few people cover their mouth or face when they cough and sneeze. This seems pretty basic, something that should be engrained in children early on as a way to reduce the spread of viruses.
Given how much I travel, it has become an increasingly frustrating observation and I wish someone would launch a global advertising campaign that increases awareness in the same way campaigns of old encouraged seat belt use and educated people about the ills of smoking.
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Heh - I know what you mean. It is a pet hate of mine when I see people on the train, bus, ferry, plane etc just coughing and sneezing out into the general breathing space. I mean, at least they could *try* to cover their nose/mouth!
I have read recently that over in HK they are using a silver-based antibacterial spray on the public transport system to reduce the spread of colds and viruses (virusi?). Apparently Transport for London are looking to trial it too.
Could be good!
Posted by: Ross | Oct 30, 2006 3:24:29 PM