Okay, I hate throwing up. Who doesn't? The stomach flu is the worst. It's highly contagious, but some people (including Doctors), believe the "Stomach Flu" is only a myth. Well it's not. Over the years I have discovered a few ways to reduce my chances of barfing. Sharing my pointers with other people is one of them. -Because if you don't catch it, you definitely can't give it to me!
Some viruses (nasty little RNA strands that invade our intestines) can easily be spread to others around us. There are cases of cruise ships and schools becoming overrun with puking epidemics in less than 48-hours. It's a little different from traditional "food poison", -but intestinal flu viruses can infect food too. They can even inhabit bacteria.
When we catch the stomach flu from a meal its because we have eaten the virus/RNA. Unlike the cold-flu that we catch by rubbing our eyes or picking our nose, the stomach flu is swallowed. So a terrific weapon in fighting it off is simply avoiding any place where stomach flu RNA can contaminate our food, hands, or utensils to begin with.
Here is how it spreads (slightly gross):
-When someone uses the bathroom to vomit, go number-2, or have diarrhea the virus becomes airborne.
-When someone prepares food, doesn't wash their hands, and gets fecal matter on it, then you eat it.
-It may be spread by touching something they touch and putting your hands in your mouth or on your food. (wash your hands after every risk of contamination)
-RNA may become airborne when an infected person breaks wind! (apx. 10ft radius)
-It only takes about 100 partials of RNA to get the intestinal flu
As such, it's very tough to avoid the flu if someone in your office, home, or school has it. -Unless you avoid public restrooms altogether, and disallow the "sickies" from visiting you. One of the most important facts to remember is that RNA is not technically alive. They can survive on hard surfaces for up to 3-days. -Three freaking days! So when someone gets sick in your house or office, beware of the 1) doorknob 2) light switch 3) water faucets 4) cabinets and refrigerator door, and DON'T let them handle your food. If you know a friend or relative is blowing their groceries, best not to visit them for at least 5-days to be on the safe side too.
I recently avoided getting a stomach flu that cut through 50% of my family in less than a week. I did feel a little nauseous at points, so I think I swallowed some of the virus. But apparently not enough to overwhelm my immune system, which brings me to my final point: Following the above advice will at least reduce your chances of serious exposure, -giving you a much better chance of not throwing up.