Swine flu no-nos: same old stuff

Fear of swine flu hits beer pong hard on college campuses. Beer pong? It’s a communal drinking game that has kids passing beer from hand to hand and — the real problem — mouth to mouth.
A less obvious way of passing germs from person to person is sharing a communal cup at Communion. (That napkin just smears the virus around a little.)
Then there’s the office snack tray. Sally dips a cracker into the cheese dip; then Arnie follows. Sally’s pinkie touched the dip and left an infectious little colony of flu virus that Arnie scooped up on his Ritz cracker.
Gloria’s little girl was home sick. Grandmother took care of sweetie pie so Gloria could come to work — and give sweetie pie’s flu to her fellow workers.
So must we all live in a bubble to stop this thing?
No. But it would help loads if we all would do what we’ve been told, over and over again.
— Don’t come to work or to any other gathering of people if you are sick — or were sick yesterday and are getting better, you think.
— Really wash your hands several times a day. Work up a good, soapy lather. Rub the soap between your fingers as well as on your palms and the back of your hands. Spend twice as long as you think you should.
— Swine flu prefers kids. If your child, your grandchild, your neighbor’s darling who likes to give you a hug or a visiting niece has a fever, stopped up nose and upset tummy and you cuddled any of the above to make things all better, then, friend, you may be a carrier. Please stay away.
As unfriendly as it may seem, staying away is the best preventive. Be a loner. Stay squeaky clean. Then you and yours will have the best chance to get through the epidemic without becoming a statistic.

— Emerson Lynn, jr.