It's disturbing to see that the most important thing to know about the flu (and colds) is not widely known. I had read an article in a scientific journal about a team of immunologists and how they set out to answer the question: Exactly how does a person "catch" the flu?
They examined in detail all possible methods of contagion and found that it's basically impossible to be infected by the virus if it's breathed in, introduced into the mouth or on the skin. Virtually every single place on the body is far too toxic for the flu to gain a foothold, except one - the eyeball.
The eye had no immunity defenses. They estimate at least 98 percent of all flu (and colds) are "caught" by a person touching their fingertip to the eye. Washing the whole hand is fine, but alcohol gel works better, and concentrating the cleansing to the two main fingertips of the right hand (if you're right-handed) is best.
They found the only other way for a person to be infected is to pick the nose and introduce it directly into the bloodstream. What I find disturbing is that I read this about 20 years ago and still to this day the eye connection is not widely known.
It borders on ridiculous that this information has been buried for 20 years. In that time, more than 700,000 Americans have died of the flu and pneumonia, and I'm sure some of them - had they known the facts - died needlessly.
-- Nik Hospodor, Niles