Mudcat Café message #3573316 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #152727   Message #3573316
Posted By: GUEST,Eliza
06-Nov-13 - 09:21 AM
Thread Name: Coughs and Sneezes
Subject: RE: Coughs and Sneezes
As a teacher of many decades, exposed to snotty, sneezy kids almost constantly during the winter months, I'm a firm believer in taking deep breaths of all the germs you can access. Let 'em sneeze, let 'em cough. Get those germs into your lungs. That way, your immune system becomes iron-strong and ready for anything. It's only exposure to germs that stimulates the antibodies to get to work. I honestly truly hardly ever had a single cold while teaching at school. By trying to keep your distance from sneezy folk, and avoiding germs, you're mollycoddling your body and your natural defences will weaken. As for people coughing at public events, I believe this is 'catching'. I had this happen a few times in class. One would start, others join in, until the place sounded like a TB ward. Naughty little things! I found the words "Playtime cancelled...?" effected a miraculous and instantaneous cure. But I can't think of any equivalent for adults at a performance!