Joe the Sneezer—VP Advice for Americans
May 1, 2009 1 Comment
Vice President Jose Biden has profound advice for Americans faced with the prospect of a swine flu epidemic drifting across our borders from Mexico. Here’s what “say-it-ain’t-so-Joe” said in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show:
I would tell members of my family, and I have, I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now. It’s not that it’s going to Mexico; it’s you’re are in a confined aircraft. When one person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft. That’s me. . . . If you’re out in the middle of a field and someone sneezes, that’s one thing. If you’re in a closed aircraft, or a closed container, or closed car, or closed classroom, that’s a different thing.
Joe Biden is so well-known for his verbal slips that you have to wonder what he meant by, “That’s me.” Is he the sneezer we all need to steer away from? Maybe it’s President Obama.
Rebecca Waer offers simple, commonsense suggestions for travelers who may come into contact with the contagious swine flu (here). This is a good time to keep that Purell hand sanitizer “on hand.” Purell has packaged this product in a convenient gel pack that can be clipped to a hand bag, sports bag, daypack, computer bag, you name it. For added protection, there’s the disposable ear loop face mask. For the mildly neurotic, there’s the half facepiece respirator assembly, and for the completely neurotic, the full facepiece respirator assembly.
Reports of a swine flu pandemic is especially dangerous for sufferers of hypochondriasis. Some with Münchausen syndrome may interpret the news of swine flu as an opportunity to qualify for medical leave, without actually being sick.
Whatever you do, remember this: until the World Health Organization lowers the threat level for the swine flu, stay out of closed containers.