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The Germ Freak's Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu: Guerilla Tactics to Keep Yourself Healthy at Home, at Work and in the World

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Publisher Comments:

Just in time for cold and flu season comes this fun, funny and imminently practical guide to the fine art of germ avoidance.

Admit it, you either are one or you know one: a person who prefers the scent of Purell to perfume, hates public restroom toilets and pushes elevator buttons with their elbow. In a word (well, two), a "Germ Freak." Well guess what--they're right!

In the bestselling tradition of the The Paranoid's Pocket Guide and The Worst Case Scenario Handbook, Allison Janse--a committed Germ Freak--gives readers the lowdown on how to avoid the common cold and survive flu season with your health and sanity intact. This is the practical information your doctor won't give you (they always say not to worry and may be giving you the latest bug by not washing their hands when they examine you!), but which you're almost literally dying to know, such as:

  • How clean is my office desk? (In terms of germs, it's better to eat off a toilet seat)
  • Do I have to shake that snotty person's hand? (The new etiquette says no)
  • Are my hygiene products killing me? (No, but some increase your risk of illness)
  • How do I get out of a public restroom without contamination? (Here's a five-step plan)
  • What is the best way to wash my hands? (You have two detailed options)
  • Am I the only germ freak in America? (Don't worry, 48% of women either use the toilet guard or make their own)
  • Why didn't anyone tell me about The New Respiratory Etiquette? (Yes, it's real, and it's specifically designed for Germ Freaks just like you)

Germ Freaks unite! This book will help unenlightened germspreaders get a clue...or at least a HandiWipe...and prove to the world that, in the end, it's far better to be safe than sorry.

Are You a Germfreak? Some Ways to Tell

  • Your exit strategy from a public bathroom rivals an NFL playbook
  • Your family and friends think Purell is your scent
  • You check elevator riders for anyone who is sniffling and opt for the stairs-- even though you're going to the Penthouse
  • You turn all public bathroom faucets with a piece of tissue
  • You avoid buffets that don't have 10-foot-high GermGuard barriers
  • You think BYOB means bring your own bathroom hand towels
  • You only go to afternoon (or really bad) movies because they're less crowded

If you answered yes to any one of these questions, you're on your way to becoming a Germ freak.

If you answered yes to two or more, congratulations, you're a full-fledged freak.

Review:

"Freelance writer, editor and confessed 'germ freak' Janse takes readers on a frequently funny tour through the germ-ridden underbellies of life — from health club showers to hotel suites — dishing the dirt, as it were, on what we're likely to 'catch' where. Some of her advice seems panicky, like the suggestion to exit a public restroom stall immediately after flushing, since 'fecal matter' can fly 20 feet into the air when flushed ('Better to Flush and Rush than Feel the Gush'). But Janse also imparts some everyday useful information, such as the fact that loofah sponges breed deadly bacteria (bleach them weekly) and that pricey vegetable washes aren't as good as hot water and a scrub brush for removing pesticides. Still, while Janse's handbook is thorough and witty, its audience may be limited. Much of the information will interest only the seriously germ-phobic; others probably don't care enough about the germs on their money to want to part with $12. Yet Janse is so amusing, one can't help cheering for her book, just so we can be assured of another, hopefully on a more universal topic. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

If you answered yes to two or more, congratulations, you're a full-fledged freak.

About the Author

Charles Gerba, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned environmental microbiologist who made his reputation a quarter of a century ago by opening scientists' eyes to the dangerous things lurking in our groundwater. His lab created the first test to detect the parasite cryptosporidium in water, changing the way municipalities treat tap water. He is a professor at the University of Arizona where he oversees cutting-edge experiments in the department of Soil, Water & Environmental Science. He has performed thousands of studies on everything from water quality in our homes to urine levels in community pools, from the germs present in airline bathrooms to pathogens in home hot tubs. His quick wit has endeared him to American audiences as Dr. Germ, and he appears regularly on Good Morning America, Dateline, CNN News and 60 Minutes as well as national magazines and newspapers. He lives with his wife in Tuscon, Arizona.Allison Janse, is a professional book editor and writer who became a Germ Freak soon after the birth of her two children, a hilarious story retold in this book. She lives in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780757303272
Subtitle:
Guerilla Tactics to Keep Yourself Healthy at Home, at Work and in the World
With:
Gerba, Charles
With:
Gerba, Charles
Author:
Gerba, Charles
Author:
Gerba, Ph.D., Charles
Author:
Janse, Allison
Author:
Charles Gerba, Ph.D.
Publisher:
HCI
Location:
Deerfield Beach
Subject:
General
Subject:
Healthy Living
Subject:
Pulmonary & Thoracic Medicine
Subject:
Self-care, health
Subject:
Cold (Disease)
Subject:
Cold (Disease) -- Prevention.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Chicken Soup Healthy Living
Publication Date:
September 2005
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.5 in 0.55 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Freelance writer, editor and confessed 'germ freak' Janse takes readers on a frequently funny tour through the germ-ridden underbellies of life — from health club showers to hotel suites — dishing the dirt, as it were, on what we're likely to 'catch' where. Some of her advice seems panicky, like the suggestion to exit a public restroom stall immediately after flushing, since 'fecal matter' can fly 20 feet into the air when flushed ('Better to Flush and Rush than Feel the Gush'). But Janse also imparts some everyday useful information, such as the fact that loofah sponges breed deadly bacteria (bleach them weekly) and that pricey vegetable washes aren't as good as hot water and a scrub brush for removing pesticides. Still, while Janse's handbook is thorough and witty, its audience may be limited. Much of the information will interest only the seriously germ-phobic; others probably don't care enough about the germs on their money to want to part with $12. Yet Janse is so amusing, one can't help cheering for her book, just so we can be assured of another, hopefully on a more universal topic. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , If you answered yes to two or more, congratulations, you're a full-fledged freak.
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