The trouble with going out into the world is that those people have germs, and they really don’t care who they share them with.
Brenna came home last week and mentioned that her coworker had hand-foot-and-mouth disease, but that the doctor had said it wasn’t contagious. Guess what? Oh, yes. It’s contagious.
Evie started with a very high fever for about 48 hours, then an apparent sore throat, which upon examination at the promptings of the all-knowing google, turned out to be peppered with blisters. Then Rosie came down with it, sans fever, and Jonny, too, with the added benefit of nausea. We had Evie checked for strep just in case, but it’s just a virus we’re going to have to weather.
At least my crew of sickies is pretty cheerful about it!
But let’s just go ahead and analyze this situation for a moment:
This particular virus – and most others – is spread by poor hygiene. The girl in question was showing off the sores inside her mouth to her coworkers. Brenna, assuming it was not contagious, used various equipment in common with this other girl without taking any precautions. Most adults have natural immunity to this virus, so she never showed any symptoms, but she was a carrier, and she came home from work and hugged and kissed her baby sister, and passed the germs on. And since Evie is the most popular person in the house, and quite drooly, she, too, passed on the germs.
If only the coworker had washed her hands after showing everyone her blisters. If only Brenna had washed her hands before coming home. Or before hugging the baby. The whole thing could have been avoided simply by washing hands.
So. Let this be a cautionary tale, as we head into cold and flu season. Wash up whenever you use the bathroom, before eating or preparing food and anytime you come back into the house. Keep those hands clean!
Funny story: My mom says I’ve always had a thing about dirty hands, so much so that when I was a baby, I crawled on my wrists so my hands wouldn’t touch the floor! I still wash my hands something like three thousand times a day. In fact, I can feel the germs on them now, just from typing this post. Computers are dirty. Very, very dirty. 😉