Saturday, January 21, 2012

Got Masks?

Cell phone? Keys? Hand sanitizer? Got them! Why do we feel incomplete leaving home without our stuff? (Is it just me?) It started with the keys, next came the cell phone and now the hand sanitizer takes front stage. Fortunately, we can relax knowing anyplace with four walls will probably offer dispensers full of the gooey, alcohol-laden gel.
If we�re not careful, we can become maniacal about bacteria and germs. Why, years ago I remember cringing when babies and toddlers seated in shopping carts sucked the handle bars. Guess what happened to those kids? I think they�re growing up as the healthiest children in their schools, immunized early by a mouthful of germs.
Given the onslaughts of nasty bugs like H1N1, the avian flu, and the dreaded flesh-eating infection, what�s the outlook for the future? If health professional keep discovering new viruses, I�ll skip the hand sanitizer and tuck disposable rubber gloves and a nice surgical mask inside my purse. Masks have gained popularity in one country. Take a look:

How would a surgical mask cover eyelid surgery? Are they cutting eye holes in the surgical masks and wearing them higher across the face? That admission pushed mask-wearing in a different direction, extending the function way beyond germ-containment. We invest a lot of energy, time and money in changing ourselves. In the spirit of making New Year�s resolutions, what internal or external personal modifications are you striving to make this year?         

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