Friday, May 15, 2009

Avoid The Flu Via A Folding Bike and Mask

According to the Center For Disease & Control (CDC), the Swine Flu epidemic is something we all need to "pay attention and plan ahead" for. But how exactly?

One minute Vice President Biden is telling people not to fly or take mass transit

Then, in the blink of an eye, official White House spin meister (Press Secretary) Robert Gibbs says flying, etc. is safe...

The issue with the new Swine Flu is that no one has antibodies yet to fight it off. As a result, more people that are exposed to it are likely to get the flu.

For most that catch the Swine Flu, it will mean nothing more than being sick a few days and thus missing work or school. But who wants to be sick if they can avoid it?

Frankly, I agree with the Vice President. If you don't need to, avoid confined places where you'll be sharing air with a lot of other people (commercial planes, subways, buses, etc.). If you NEED to be in those places, minimize your time in those confined spaces. For example...
  • Take the bus or subway for a shorter distance, riding a bike the rest of the way so you're not in the bus/subway as long.
  • Instead of taking a crowded elevator up/down a few flights, take the stairs.
If you're concerned about problems taking a standard, full size bike on the bus or subway, get a folding bike. Folding bikes that are suitable for commuting can be as economical as $159. When folded, some folding bikes are so small that they'll fit beneath your desk or the seat on the subway. Some mass transit authorities do require folding bikes to be bagged though.

Staying Healthy - Tips From The CDC:
Here are things you can do to lessen your chances of getting the flu:
  • Wash your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hands cleaners.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Limit your exposure to crowds, especially in confined spaces (bus, plane, train, movie theater, classroom, restaurant, etc.).
  • Pay attention to public health warnings.
Source: Larry Lagarde

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