What precautions are you taking to minimize the risk of your family catching the dreaded "Swine Flu"? Are you encouraging good hand hygiene with your kiddos? Are you using antiseptic hand gels? Are you even worried about the "Swine Flu"? Are you avoiding crowds and favorite spots?
I don't consider myself a germ-phob, but I did pass out hand wipes yesterday at Alise's party before we celebrated with cake and ice cream and got a good laugh with some of the parents. But I was concerned enough to at least do my part with the spreading of germs and reduce the risk of those sweet friends catching anything so awful.
Lately, I've noticed that Alise's sweet, little hands like to sweat. She loves to hold my hand and I love to hold hers, too, but I don't like clammy hands. Clammy hands just feel dirty to me. But sweaty hands or not, I still love to hold her hand. I've also noticed that in gymnastics, she rubs her hands on her gymnastics outfit before she does anything on the bars. When I asked her about it, she said, "I don't want my hands to slip on the bars." Smart girl.
I work in a hospital. I didn't even know what "Swine Flu" was until last Monday when my email began being inundated with memos from our infection control department about the sheer importance of hand washing - and not just after going to the restroom. Signs and posters are popping up all over the hospital to promote hand hygiene. I've noticed more people using the antiseptic gel dispenser in the cafeteria before reaching for a tray. Did you know that the worst place for germs to hide is on door handles and shopping carts?
Alise's school sent home a letter last week to parents stating their claim to do what was necessary in order to prevent the spread of germs and viruses.
I've heard a rumor that several cases have been reported in New Orleans, but because Jazz Fest is this weekend, they are withholding the findings from the public.
Last week, all the hand sanitizers were gone at our local Walmart.
I do believe that hand washing is SO important! And other than washing our hands more - and me being personally cognizant of what we touch - we haven't really changed our lifestyle that much. We still go. We still do things. We've just invested in a little more hand sanitizer and antiseptic wipes than we use to.