Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Come Around

     Somehow, in the middle of the summer, on a day when it's 90 degrees outside, someone in my office has managed to get a cold.  I am not sure how she did it, but she did.  And that's okay, it happens.  I am not going to come out here today and complain about people blowing their nose and sneezing all the damn time; it's not their fault that they are ill.  What I am going to complain about is how it has suddenly become okay to treat someone with a common cold like they are a pariah.
     I understand that nobody wants to get sick, okay Company?  I really do.  I don't want to get sick.  But I sat here today and watched people scatter when they found out that this person was ill.  "Oh, I've got a cold.""Bye bye.  See ya later."  And off they'd go.  It was almost like the person was a leper, with gross nasty sores all over their body that no one wated to be around.  But not true.  They just had a common cold.  I sat with them all day long and they looked perfectly normal.
     Here is the thing, folks, I don't know if you've ever taken a minute to go ahead and learn about anything, but if you were close enough to the sick person to discover that they have the common cold, then you have already been exposed to the virus.  Bottom line.  Coming around them for ten minutes and then staying away for the next twelve days isn't going to keep you from being immune.  If you are going to get it, you are going to get it.  Those little viruses are on every surface that person has touched, on every door knob, on every pen or pencil, on the coffee pot, everywhere.  You know where else those viruses are?  In the air.  See, every time a person coughs, sneezes, or even exhales millions of little water droplets and viruses and pieces of dust and everything are sent into the air.  And then, want to know the key thing?  That air is cirulated by powerful fans all around the building, even into your cubicle.  Good luck escaping that stuff.
     So I suppose that what I am saying is that there is really no need to quarantine the person with the cold.  There is no reason why she needs to be all alone on the far corner of the playground.  You've already been exposed to her germs, and even if you haven't been you will be.  That's just the way that it is.  So you might as well just keep on with your life.  You look like an ass when you act that way anyhow.

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