Web Watch has told you about all the different ways physicians and other medical professionals spread germs and disease everywhere they go.
From dirty stethoscopes to dirty scrubs (or scrubs worn on airplanes, and then to who knows where!), nurses and doctors are constantly walking around in swirling packs of germs, like “Pigpen” from the Peanuts comic strip.
If there’s one thing that you should make note of, it’s the FOOD SAFETY INSPECTION notices that are posted in your local restaurants.
There are only two reasons why an Inspection Score is not posted: the manager forgot to do so, or the score is embarrassing to the owner/manager.
The former is seldom likely to happen, as not having the score posted itself is a violation to be noted on the next review. The latter is more the case. Some locations do everything they can to hide a low score from being visible to the inquiring public, from placing it far away behind a counter – visible, but not readable; to placing it behind other paperwork on the wall – also visible, but obscured.
We do know of one fast-food chain location that was so proud of their “100 out of 100” score that they made a 2′ x 3′ poster of the inspection and placed it at the front door. No hiding from that.
(Remember, if you see a medical professional in front of you at the Starbucks and they’re wearing scrubs, they could have just come out of an infected surgical area and haven’t bothered to change. Ewww.)
But there’s ANOTHER WAY THAT DOCTORS AND OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS SPREAD DISEASE, and you may not be aware of it…
How many of Web Watch readers own a swimming pool?
Thought so. It’s always a popular item for your FRIENDS to have, but it’s seldom something that you want to invest in yourself. Some have said that a swimming pool is just a hole in the ground that you throw money into. Add to the equation how hard it can be to sell a house that has a swimming pool — some people won’t mind or will openly embrace the pool being there. Others will turn away from the pool at all costs, even if the rest of the house is perfect.
Sometimes owning a swimming pool just isn’t worth the time, hassle, and money for maintenance.
The premise is simple: throw a ball into a cup, make your opponent drink. Web Watch has even been to the WORLD SERIES OF BEER PONG out in Las Vegas, and we’ll be the first to tell you that THAT event is a party and a half, even if the entry fee (including room, which cuts down on driving liability issues) starts at $500 per person.
Everybody likes to joke about how they’ll never eat at That Restaurant anymore, because that restaurant received a bad food health inspection score.
Web Watch fully subscribes to this theory, having rejected restaurant after restaurant that we used to enjoy, after they received less than 60 out of 100 possible points on inspection scores.
Look, we get it – the health inspector has a job to do to protect the public health. But remember, whenever you see a food score – keep in mind that it was likely negotiated UP a few points. In other words, the score of “80” that you see pasted on the wall? Chances are it started out in the mid-60’s.
If you’ve ever been sick while on vacation, you know what a horrible experience it can be. Trust Web Watch on this, as we spent 2 miserable days holed up in our Disney hotel room on one vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth, unable to leave the relative comfort of the room for any length of time.
Yeah, it wasn’t pretty.
And if you’ve ever been sick while on a cruise ship where you don’t even have the luxury of finding a place to escape like you would have the opportunity to do if you were on land, then you can take the Web Watch Disney experience and multiply that by 100.
This year’s flu season seems to be a bit out of control, so everyone is looking for ways to stay as healthy as possible given the circumstances.
Some people are just working from home for weeks on end while the funk runs through their office co-workers. Others are keeping their kids home from school or daycare for the same reason – which is a shock to everyone that there are people who will actually keep their kids out of school for illness reasons!