*sniffle* I haven't been sick in 15 years!
January 4, 2014 11:25 AM Subscribe
What's the best way to respond to people who see colds and flu as moral failings?
posted by galenka to Human Relations (33 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
A lot of folks in the area are huge health and fitness fans. Some of them are wild about alternative remedies and others like to talk about "fact based" info. But both kinds of people see getting colds and flu as a moral failing. If you get a cold or you're worried about getting a cold, these people will give you a big lecture on what you're doing wrong. And why they have a superior immune system than you.
Sometimes they make wild claims of not getting sick in 15 years even while they are sneezing and sniffling.
The reason why this is a problem is that these folks actually get sick all the time. And they are not considerate about spreading around germs because they don't believe they ever get sick. And they also believe that nobody else would get sick if they just did the right things like they do.
So they are not worried about things like hand washing, letting you know if they were just in close contact with someone who was really sick, and things like that.
It's also really annoying to get a big lecture when you're sick about everything you did wrong. Just because you didn't do their favorite methods such as using a megadose of vitamin C and you DO do things like washing your hands often and not touching your face and eyes, and regular things like that.
The other day I had to cancel plans with a friend because I had a cold and he immediately started saying "Well your immune system just must be low because you don't..." I told him I didn't have a low immune system, it was the first time I had been sick all year and it was a serious cold that had been going around to dozens of people. His reply was essentially? "You haven't been sick in a year, that's a joke, I haven't been sick in over a decade!" And I know he's sick right now.
What is the best way to respond to people who are kind of in denial like this and see common colds as moral failings?
My goals are to stop getting lectured about why they're doing it right and I'm doing it wrong, and get them to be more considerate about spreading germs.