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Avoid eating out due to flu in the air?

I have a certain reluctance to be eating out in restaurants lately due to the widespread flu infections. Restaurants seem like an infectious minefield - menus, credit cards, staff that are not given sick time etc. etc. Do others feel the same or am I just being overly howard hughsian??

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  1. We went out to dinner last night and the whole flu thing didn't cross my mind at all. Ditto for our trip to the super-crowded Trader Joe's in the afternoon.

    So I guess it isn't affecting my shopping/dining out habits.

    1. Well, now that we know that viruses and not evil spirits cause influenza I think caution is warranted, for sure, during outbreaks. For example, I've been sticking to eating hot foods only - and get my veggies from, for example, cooked broccoli instead of salad. Behavioral and dietary modifications are smart. If someone sneezes over your Cobb Salad, done.

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      1. nah- hadn't occurred to me. Restaurants are really no different than grocery stores or even my office building. You just need to take the usual precautions.

        1. Must admit that I tend to hibernate during the winter months anyway. I am not very good at being sociable at the best of times, but when it is cold outside (UK), then I really don't want to venture out at all.

          My OH and I discussed going to our favourite sea food restaurant for lunch today - but then opted out as it is not the best heated place in the winter.

          1. I have a sister-n-law germophobe that is extreme and gets sick a lot more than I do, but she won't eat at buffets because of the common use buffet spoons.

            I especially love a good Indian buffet, but in response to her putting me on utensil alert, I now eat my naan with the other hand. It's just not very practical to wash one's hands between trips to the line. but it's cheap insurance. These germs have a lot more probable and concentrated route of entry if they have a vehicle other than "dust in the wind" to get them from a sicko to you.

            A two dollar cloth glove for pumping gas is not a bad idea either.

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            1. re: slowcoooked

              Small bottle of purell (or a generic version) in the pocket for restaurants - keeping in mind that Purell and other hand sanitizers so now kill viruses and they are not that effective for respiratory/airborne illnesses.

              Box of disposable latex (or latex free for those allergic to latex) for the car, used for multiple things, from picking up crud, anything that involves popping the hood, putting on snow chains - anything that involves handling dirt and/or chemicals.