Tacitly Yours

During flu season it's not always appropriate to share

The holiday season is long since over, but a new "season" is already underway. A season that for some people still brings with it an obligation to share. That's right, it's now officially flu season.

There are people sniffling, sneezing and coughing all around and a select few who seem to feel bent on sharing the "gift" they have with others.

When it comes to gift giving, there are many people, myself included, who feel that it's rude to refuse a gift when someone offers one to you. But when that gift is an ailment, I say keep it to yourself.

I for one realize the importance of hand washing and Lysol spraying as we work our way through the flu season. I work with and see many people during my average day and I don't want to be the person who gets everyone else sick.

On the other hand, I find it tough to tell those around me who are suffering from the flu or some other illness that it's not OK to simply cough and sneeze wherever they please without even trying to cover their face.

Don't take that the wrong way, I'm not someone who won't be in the same room as someone who has a cold. I can handle things like that without a problem. My only issue comes when those sick people turn to tell you something, and end up coughing all over you. Or they blow their nose, then extend their hand for a hearty hand shake. That is where I draw the line.

That is why I say people don't always have to share. There are some things it's OK to keep to yourself.

And there are some easy ways to do that. Some things I learned way back in elementary school that still come in handy.

Instead of coughing into the same air that everyone around you is breathing, put your hand over your mouth and then go wash your hands and watch as the germs are swept down the drain. The same thing goes for sneezing and blowing your nose. Keep it to yourself.

This may seem like a slightly rude request, but I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who are trying their hardest not to get sick this season. And it's for those people that I say, this flu season please work to not share your "gift" with others.


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