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Enterovirus D68: Mystery virus sweeps across the U.S. »

Common sense should pervade your thought on this matter. While getting sick is a fact of life, if you get this Enterovirus D68, and have asthma or other health problems, it could be a mighty bad time of it for you.. And children, as any parent will tell you, have hands filthier than a cesspool of trash.  Here are the typical steps you should take and have your family take, too:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.

  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

  • Stay home when feeling sick, and obtain consultation from your health care provider.

All easy. All common sense.

There are simple ways to halt the spread of this.

I have my big bottle of Lysol on hand, and sadly I am so paranoid in general about sickness all year, that I randomly will do a walk through on the house and just spritz as I go wherever I sense the most germ infested places are.

This virus has scared me a bit—the news is playing up the amount of sick people. I saw a story yesterday concerning a hospital that set a record of new patients in one day—but as I read the story and contemplated it more, I sensed many people were being brought to the facility in a panic. And that’s easy to do with TV news opening their nightly broadcast with dreadful music and harsh graphics showing the most injured of children in intensive care..

This virus is a bit dangerous, as we can see.. I fear it will morph and mutate further. But until then, common sense everyone. Let’s protect ourselves and our young. It’s easy to take a few steps to make sure we don’t get sick. Also if we do, it’s easy to stop the spread quickly. Let’s be cautious.. reasonable.. and safe.




New Year's Eve.. Rockin' without Dick Clark in '13

Welcome to the final minutes of the year 2012. Yes. Already. It was so looked forward to, and it is ending so quickly...

It's minus Dick Clark this year, though. And that is notable. Fergie is showering ABC viewers tonight in the pre-game with Dick Clark related footage. Donna Summers is playing while the Doors are swaying. Yes, it's a stroll down amnesia lane in the fast lane. Dick Clarkless 2013. No countdown with the master of Times Square this year.

The show goes on, of course. With Ryan Seacrest to help. Before Seacrest will be 'out' there will be a number of events that occur. A massive ball will drop in Times Square. Revelers will kiss their hearts out.. then race for port-a-potties and their hotel rooms. Maybe stop by a pub and have a cup of cheer..

All around the world, the events are taking place. Some places on Earth are already 2013. The Pope will have a homily about how peace could be achieved. Fireworks will fly high into the night sky.. People will embrace …