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Danny Hustle
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Ken,

Yeah, wiping down the props it isn't that bad. It sounds like overkill but it really only takes a sec. Serendipitously it keeps your props looking good and smelling lemon fresh. Smile

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Having worked in a "health food" store for a couple years AND occasionally reading such hack works as the New England Journal Of Medicine, and reports from those WHO people and assorted papers on the treatments of infectious and contagious diseases and those CDC people....I make my judgements from more than the estimated guesses of some hippie at a store who doesn't know melatonin from melba toast. But thanks.

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My Grandma always used to say 'Treat a cold and it'll be gone in a week, leave it alone and it'll shift in 7 days'

Then again, she also said there was a Gay mAfia and Hitler was Irish.

I use Antiseptic hand gel between shows, I get the odd sniffle, but no more than usual I guess.

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Maybe time to bring the boy in the bubble kids show back...
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This thread has just given me a great gag for my cabaret show!!!
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Honestly if you are given a heads up on a sick kid you are far ahead of the game...this time of year god only know what we are exposed to....really think about it.
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Dear me. What a lot of fuss. Stop fretting Ken. It's only one child at one show. How do think we managed years back? This time of the year Christmas shows came thick and fast. We used to do six or eight back to back on Saturdays.

And then go on in the evening to clubs where a few hundred coughing sneezing people packed a room with no ventilation. You got on with it and yes - you got colds and coughs and you took soothers and relievers and you went out there and still got on with it.

Actually, by the time many symptoms are obvious the person isn't particularly infectious. It's the quiet broody ones who harbour the potential virulent doses of whatever infections are doing the rounds.

How do you think teachers go on? They're exposed for far longer than you or I. They go down with these things and survive.

Sorry. It's a fuss about nothing unless you are at death's door yourself and one more infection will kill you. In which case give up magic and take up needlework.
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Tony,

I'm not fretting about it, just thinking about the responsible thing to do between shows. It's not about getting myself sick, it's the passing of germs to other children in consecutive shows. As you mentioned, a child might be spreading germs before they even show symptoms. As Danny mentioned, if nothing else, wiping down the props will make them smell lemony fresh...

Ken
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Double blind studies have shown that zinc, vitamin C, and Airborne has no effect at all. If there are benefits it is entirely due to the placebo effect. But if it works for you, and you believe that it works, then it does work.

Hand sanitizer doesn't do as good a job as washing with soap and water. This has been proven over and over again in many studies using a variety of bacteria and viruses. Hand sanitizer is better than nothing though so if you can't wash with soap and warm water, then go with the sanitizer. By the way, anti-bacterial soap is no more effective than "regular" soap and water.

During the height of the cold and flu season folks who are constantly sneezing and coughing are often asked to wear masks while in the waiting room at hospitals and doctor's offices, at least I've seen it happening locally.
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In many cases the child does spread the germs before they show symptoms. By the time you know they’re sick, it’s to late, you got it.

You can build up an immune system if your around kids enough. In my daycare it’s almost a guarantee that the new employees will catch something way before the older ones do. I never catch anything and I'm around kids everyday.

Washing your hands is the key, and spraying and wiping your props couldn’t hurt anything. Some believe that if you washed your hands ever time you touched something, you never would get sick. Some truth to it I guess, because the hands is what spreads many of the germs.

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My wife works in the daycare industry, as Tom said, she is new to this line of work and so is indeed building more of a tolerence for it. However, there are things she does at work that we have placed into our show. We always bring small bottles of hand sanitizer with us. This can be kept in my table or a few cases so that I have it to use as I am doing strolling magic or at a party. It works really well and heps prevent us from spreading germs to other children and vice-versa.

One funny thought I had on this subject would be to get yourself a bottle of Lysol. Change the label and print one out on your printer and call it magical Woffle Dust Spray. Make it nice and large so it can be read easily. Then when a kid comes up to help, the magic is not working because we do not have any Woffle Dust. Bring out the can and spray away. hehehe Not only would it get a laugh, but now you are sanitizing every kid helper to. lol Just a joke but the thought is pretty funny.

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Ken, ya gotta use the measles bag . . .

This is a good topic. My related question is about dressing kids in hats/capes when there's a head lice epidemic. These happen at most schools at some point (seemingly more in the early fall months ...). After getting feedback on another thread, I stopped putting hats on kids except for some give-aways I got cheap from Loftus and Rhode Island Novelties. If I can't give it cheap, I don't put it on 'em. Viruses are harder to deal with. At what point do you change your repertoire of the day to avoid having the sick kid infecting your stuff?
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Get a flu shot for the cute little walking germs.
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Hi Ken.

Most likely, you meet several persons each day that has the cold or flu without you knowing it. On your way to the whow you probably met a few.

Point: If you are not sick already, you probably don't need to worry.
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Lyndel, you look very much like a swedish tv celebrity Righton

Just wanted to let you know.
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Maybe schools will tell us in the future not to let the students hold any of our props.
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