I am not the type to poke fun at people, so please don’t take this post that way, but we have had a 55 year old male bicyclist that has been riding around Tallahassee for quite some time who has locally earned the name “Speedo Man”, because he rides in just a thong and he drives me absolutely insane! He apparently isn’t trying to offend anyone, riding his bike with no clothes on is just what he does. But come on…not everyone wants to see that! I didn’t even realize how popular he was and how long he had been around until I saw a news story about him. He has recently been arrested in violation of a city ordinance banning nudity in public and I must say, IT’S ABOUT TIME. They probably can’t hold him for long, and he apparently has more fans than not, but I don’t feel that I should have to be “exposed” to a person who shows up all over town with no clothes on. When you go to the beach, you expect thongs and bikinis. Not in the parking lot of the gym or at the grocery store or driving down a busy road! According to one of the local news stations, the recent arrest was prompted by an incident in which this man exposed himself to a business manager. I know he will probably be back out there soon, but now I know more about his story.
I recently attended a webinar for those who wanted to take precautions before the next predicted outbreak of swine flu. With predictions of severe swine flu outbreak as early as September, here are some tips that we can all use. The concern is not only with how severe swine flu is, but how highly contagious it is. These tips are helpful for work, home, shopping and travel.
How Can You Help Prevent It?
-Wash hands often (for at least 20 seconds)
-Use hand sanitizer, when soap is not available
-If you are sneezing, coughing or have runny nose, keep tissue available and throw them away after each use
-If no tissue is available, please cover your cough or sneeze (arm, sleeve, cup your hands, etc) to prevent spreading germs and then wash your hands immediately and prior to touching any of your surroundings
-Use disinfectant (like Lysol) for spraying keyboards, door knobs, light switches, etc. that are often touched
-Try to avoid handshakes
-Use email, phones, IM to converse with co-workers rather than going to each others desks
-Vaccines are expected to be shipped mid-October and they will be focusing on 6 month – 24 years and over 65 first, unless you are between 25-64 and have a chronic health problem or your immune system is compromised
-Vaccines will be offered for free in most cases, to those who fall in the eligible age category
-Where at all possible, avoid or restrict traveling
What If You Are Contagious?
-You can be contagious 1 day prior to and up to 7 days after the end of your symptoms. If you are sick, you were contagious prior to recognizing your symptoms.
-It is best not to return to work until at least 24 hours after your fever has been completely gone (without the use of medication) and then use the steps to prevent it while at work.
More information can be found at cdc.gov/germstopper/home_work_school.htm. This website also provides posters that can be printed and hung at your work place and even in your home.