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Are You Washing a Full 20 Seconds?

Posted Apr 29, 2009 4:22 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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Children learn in preschool that to truly prevent the spread of nasty viruses like swine flu, the best approach is to cover your mouth when you cough and wash your hands. But a squirt of soap and a quick rinse won't do the trick.

Indeed, to get those nasty bugs off, one must lather up and scrub for a full 20 seconds, about the length of the ABCs song. NPR this week observed that adults may not be as inclined as a preschooler to sing their ABCs every morning, so they came up with a few alternatives, including a 20-second key sound bite of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

This made us chuckle, then wonder what other flu prevention measures you're trying as you commute to work, meet with clients and mingle with co-workers.

So tell us ...

Are you or co-workers already donning face masks and eliminating handshakes like lawyers at firms in Mexico? Have you implemented telecommuting? Or are you just operating as normal?

Answer in the comments below.

Read last week's answers to this question: If You Had 12 Months of Paid Free Time, What Would You Do?

Featured answer:

Posted by eatthepeeps: "I would get hired by Andrea as a cook on her South Pacific adventure with Edward, then for the last month I would sneak in B. McLeod’s house and eat the peeps, then go shopping with Abner for fat clothes. We can dream can’t we?"


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