The Doors

One of the the most common way of catching the cold, or any other nasty, is physical contact. There might be stuff flying all around the air, but as soon as you touch something with your hand and then touch another part of your body - like your eyes and mouth, but in particular your nose - that's when you are likely to catch something.

One of the most common things we touch are doors. Whether we have to puch them open, pull them open or twist a knob, our hands are going where thousands of other hands have been. Maybe the doors and their handles are being washed regularly and thouroughly. Maybe not.

Sometime, you are lucky enough to have someone open the door just before you get there. In which case you can just keep it open with your foot and avoid the whole contact experience altogether. But what if you aren't so lucky?

For push-open doors, my approach is to push the door where no-one else is likely to push it. So I will reach above my head and push the door open at about the 6'2" high point.

For pull-open doors, I like to use my pinky finger. Sure, you are still touching the door but at least you are doing it with a finger that you are less likely to stick near your eye or nose. By the way, using this approach, I have developed a very strong right pinky finger.

Bad luck if you have a twist knob to deal with. You are screwed. You are going to have to touch it and you are going to have to use your whole hand. Hopefully, you have some Wet Ones handy. Otherwise, your chances of reaquainting yourself with your old friends the Cold and Flu tablets have just gone through the roof., , , ,