Sunday, 4 May 2014

Think you should 'Soldier On'? PLEASE don't!

Look at this ad - 

Audrey has a  nasty cold, but being a 'Soldier On' sort of person, she takes a Codral Cold and Flu tablet, and proceeds to infect everyone else at the party she goes to.
That young man who went to touch the chocolate cake she made while suffering her nasty cold?  It's very difficult to maintain food hygiene when you have a heavy cold. Maybe he was lucky he did not get that stolen taste.

This one is about Bob, who is powerful because 'He Codrals.'  But he appears to be in a big office, no doubt air-conditioned, and with many workers. These are ideal conditions to spread his virus. 
Bob,  (powerfully, no doubt)  will infect a fair portion of  his workmates. 

This one is a man who breathes on numerous people as he goes to work, and ends up bellowing about how he is 'soldiering on.'  If you have a nasty cold, your breath should not be shared. It contains the virus that is hurting you and will hurt others when shared.
Flu can kill.  Even a cold can kill someone old, sick or very young.
'Soldiering On' is selfish.  Take the day off.  Take as many days off as you need, and stay home!  Do not casually infect all of those around you, but do your best to keep your nasty germs to yourself. 
Bosses:  Send sick workers home.
Mothers:  Do not send sick children to Childcare or to school. (I know it costs, but you must cope somehow.)
One day, this over-crowded world is going to experience a flu pandemic that will wipe out millions of people. It's inevitable.  If people treated every cold and flu as potentially serious and very infectious, maybe it is not inevitable (Or at least the year can be pushed back a bit.) 
Do not Soldier On.  Keep your illness to yourself, thank you.


  1. I completely agree with you, Marj, and I think must sensible people would. Now if only employers would take the same view...most people tend to soldier on because it's expected of them by their workplace or they feel pressured to impress the boss.

    1. That I was expected to 'soldier on' while having flu, was the last straw in one of the jobs I've had. I quit. It was something involving close contact with clients, too.
      I got it from one of the office-workers - who was bravely 'soldiering on.'