e have entered another era of high risk due to a possible world-wide pandemic that is being dealt with effectively at many levels.  Although I will certainly defer to medical SME (Subject Matter Experts) on this issue, I highly recommend that those of us who travel take extra precautions while flying and even traveling by car or other public transport.  Remember that hotels can be a source of contagion regardless of brand.  


The following practices should be considered as suggestive and also taken into account for dealing with flu and other contagions.  We all need a heightened awareness due to the fact that most planes and rental vehicles may not be correctly sanitized between runs.  I suggest the following which may seem like overkill but suggest the following precautions:


1.Try to carry hand sanitizer as well as disinfectant wipes when you at all times.


2.Those with allergies need to take extra precautions in rubbing eyes with contaminated hands.  One of my big mistakes.


3.Although it is always preferable to wash hands correctly with soap and water, sanitizers can help between times.


4.Remember the most hostile environment for most microorganisms is a clean, dry surface exposed to light and air.  Once a surface/touch point is contaminated by someone with food (sweat, KFC grease, etc.), they can not only live but multiply at an alarming rate.


5.Use the wipes before touching any surface that someone else has touched.  Some unusual surfaces come to mind:

a.Luggage handles, steering wheels in rental cars, flush handle/sinks in hotels, any surface that may be contaminated with products that can provide sustenance for microorganisms.  

b.Allowing the wipes sufficient dwell time is important as well.  


6.Try to greet others with a fist bump or simply a wave.  Avoid overt hugging and use caution if someone is sneezing or coughing since in most cases it is harmless but why take the chance until these health issues have been resolved.


Note that you need to practice self-awareness and self-protection whenever possible.  The Dallas nurse is someone who was at a much higher exposure that any of us will ever encounter but we are still learning how this disease is transmitted and the lessons learned can be very expensive.  


As an old Vulcan would say in this situation:  “Live long and healthy.”


Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean…


Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net.