I had to catch public transport in peak hour today. There’s no horror stories about people refusing to give up seats and the like, however, there was more than a few red-nosed sniffing types, otherwise known as (by cold and flu remedy companies) soldier-on-er-ers”.
I saw this boring, and I believe irresponsible advertisement dished out again last night, and it really annoys me! What else annoys me, but slightly less, is that it just took me around 20 minutes to think of the word “irresponsible”… Damn you swelled-up and overworked brain! My brain did have a big day at National Breast Cancer Foundation speaker training, which was the reason for my public transport crusade. It was a great day, but I digress.
Why is it that people feel the need to inflict their ailments on everyone else? Having a cold or flu is a rotten thing, so why would you want to spread it around? I understand that some people don’t get paid sick leave, that times are tough etc etc, but if you google “how to get rid of a cold fast”, both reputable and frankly mental sources say “STAY IN BED” as top results. Other sage advice included in these lists are drink plenty of fluids, scoff chicken soup, take vitamin C, and avoid decongestants and antibiotics, yes you read me AVOID CODRAL AND STAY IN BED! So why is it “Audrey” in the Codral ad thinks it’s a good idea to not only make a birthday cake but take it to a party with a stinking cold? Also, why is she to be applauded for being such a hero?
I had this attitude to contagions before I got cancer. I saw it from a productivity point of view, and the colleagues, myself included, with a sniffle or cold who stayed at home got better in days, while the martyrs we worked with, probably the ones that infected us, seemed to take weeks to get completely over their colds. I used to have a bit of martyr in me, mainly when it came to painkillers (I’ve been educated out of that silliness), but I can’t see any good reason other than pure self-absorption for being a martyr about your snotty cold. You leave the house with a cold and let it loose on an unsuspecting public, you are saying your health and time is more important than everyone else’s. Bluntly, it’s not. If part if the unsuspecting public happens to have cancer, an autoimmune illness or lung disease, your germs could put them in hospital, or even kill them. Do you expect everyone with chronic, non-contagious illnesses to lock themselves up just in case a person with a cold breathes near them?
I’m not suggesting we all go Asian-style, and wear surgical masks when we have to leave the house when we’re sick – yes people – the SICK wear the masks, not those trying to avoid getting sick – but if people can’t stay at home, maybe they should consider it. Maybe I should buy some masks and hand them out to the snifflers? I’d have to get too close to them to warrant the fun. Risk vs reward? It’s not adding up.