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Avoiding Con Crud

(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)

Some days, working in the publishing industry is tougher than others. What’s an author to do when that happens? Blog, of course. Today, I thought I would talk about why I rarely get sick during or after conventions.

Why I don’t get sick anymore comes from three bits of advice. The first is from Seanan McGuire, a good friend whom I shared a hotel room with in Australia for Worldcon and discovered her secret. The second is from someone I read on the internet… unfortunately I just can’t remember who but this person has some spectacular convention germ avoiding advice. The third is one I picked up while my best friend was in the hospital. A nurse told me about it.

Tip #1: Start taking Sambucus a couple days before the convention and take a dose of Sambucus every morning and night you are in the hotel. Made with a base of elderberry extra and virologist tested, Sambucus is a miracle. I haven’t been sick during or after a convention since before August 2010 and I’ve gone to a LOT of conventions.  Heck, any time I start to feel ill, I take this awesome elixir and I either feel better immediately or my cold is shortened.

Tip #2: I really wish I could remember who posted about this but the first thing you should do every single time you enter your hotel room while at a convention is to wash your hands well. I’m talking warm water, lots of soap, and a minimum of half a minute. This gets the grim off your hands before you relax and touch your face and accidentally infect yourself with whatever is lingering on your hands.

Tip #3: Keep your hands as clean as possible when you are in public. Cleaning your hands frequently with a sanitizer helps. It may only last a bit but it kills a lot of what is already on your hand especially after handling something like a hotel menu. Avoid touching door handles and elevator buttons. I’ve found that I tend to use the outside of my sleeve for those jobs.

And that’s it. Sambucus, wash your hands, protect your hands. Your body will thank you and all of the people you don’t get sick will thank you.


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Apr. 18th, 2012 09:15 am (UTC)
Expanding a bit on Tip #3: Avoid touching commonly used points or locations with your bare hands. The keyboard for a public information terminal or PC available for anyone to use is notorious for it's level of germ infestation, up to 60x worse than a toilet. If you need cash, go to an ATM before you get to the con...and even there, don't use bare hands. Carry your own pen, don't borrow someone else's. After you wash your hands in the bathroom, keep the paper towel and use it to open the door. The dirtiest item in most people's home? The TV remote. Carry some disinfecting towelettes and use a couple on the remote; it's much too easy to forget about not using bare hands when flipping channels.
Apr. 18th, 2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
All good.

I also do things like wear eye make up so I don't touch or rub my eyes.

There are lots of things you can do to protect your hands.
Apr. 18th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
Another thing I take to doing:

Bring antibacterial wipes with you to the hotel. After putting down your luggage, take the wipes and wipe down:
1) all door knobs & cabinet handles
2) all faucet fixtures
3) all light fixtures
4) the t.v. remote control

I read an article stating that those are the most common places bacteria & viruses will live.

This has seemed to immensely help the last two conventions we've travelled for.
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