If I left it at that what would you think? It’s probably the same sort of thing that ran through the minds of other customers at the local discount store when they saw my cart full of 1,200 oz. of hand sanitizer. Or what the guy was thinking when I asked him to hand me the 6th and last 40 oz. bottle from the back of the top shelf…. “Why yes I DO need THAT one, too thanks.”
“Uh, what a germaphobe.”
“That is a great method for social distancing – fill your cart with anti-bacterial, people will stay the heck away from you!”
“Can you use that instead of body wash now?”
“She must have found a great coupon.”
“She’s really stocking her Disaster Preparedness Kit!”
Okay perhaps the last one is wishful thinking. I did get the stink eye from several people, and many times I felt compelled to go into my stock diatribe on infectious disease control. I wanted to tell them all the importance of washing hands with soap and warm water, and to only use hand sanitizer when that wasn’t available. I wanted to extol the merits of coughing into one’s sleeve, and sanitizing common areas regularly and that I was not in fact keeping ALL of the hand sanitizer for myself.
Our organization cares very much for the health and well being of all staff, volunteers and clients who come through our doors each day. In light of the H1N1 pandemic we have provided sanitizing wipes, tissues and the aforementioned hand sanitizer for each Red Cross workstation to encourage good infectious disease control practices.
This is why I bought 1,200 oz. of hand sanitizer last week, and why I risked public mockery in that venture. Check out our complete Flu Checklist here to make sure you are taking all of the steps to stay healthy. For my money I have hand sanitizer at my desk, in the car and anywhere I don’t have quick access to soap and water. Until next time!
Thanks to Allison Beekman, Human Resources Coordinator for submitting this post!