How to Slow the Spread of Germs (rerun)

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Reader Comments (25)

I miss long-haired Rick.

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris S.

Oh, wow. I thought the text instructions were always conventional advice, and the comic was always a perversion of that advice. And here is a re-run with both tracks converging on panel 4. I thought it was bad to cross the streams!

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHenry Bear

Scott, you are the funniest man alive. Thank you for the ice cream!

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteratstjx

First time I've seen this one--so glad you repeated...literally LMFAO.

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeRoadie

I don't remember this one, it can't be a rerun! My memory is infallible.

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJadedzealot

Touch me!

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterByron Black

Weird thing is I've been coughing into the crook of my arm for years, long before any expert told me to do that.

Partly because when I *really* need to cough, my hand is going to get wet/slimy and being a programmer, I don't want that slime on my keyboard.

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Here's an even better idea than coughing into your sleeve - use good hand washing techniques, eat right, get enough sleep. If you do get sick, stay at home instead of going out and infecting everyone else! Dayquil and all of that other over-the-counter stuff may make you feel better but only time and rest will remove the viral load. Until that happens, it doesn't matter how much better you feel. You are still a walking germ factory.

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLEH


February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Good choice for a rerun; one of my favorites.

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThestas

I always do the "sneeze into the crook of the arm" thing. I never realized that I was doing a Dracula impersonation.

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDB

"I vant to suck your....hack! hack! pghgthrggl....nevermind" (drifts away)

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

Nice catch, Henry.
Not sure when this rerun is from (short-time reader, or noob, if you will), but hey, it's Scott's comic, man.
Change is the only constant.

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeardo

Does the scarf woman have Marfan's Syndrome? 'cuz she's got freakishly long arms. (Also: I agree with everyone else, very funny strip.)

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

i can only presume that since there is no email in my inbox from you, my post was not chosen as most worthy of a signed copy of the masking tape mummy.

any chance you can share with us, the losers, which was the most worthy post?


February 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterirrogical

I'm glad to read this was a repeat, only because the text / font was throwing me off slightly and I coudln't figure out why.

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBobman

Your timing is as always impeccable. I am home sick today with a runny nose!


February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikey


February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeeTron

Fear me, viralphobes!

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

good choice for a rerun, none of those stock photos seems familiar, which gives it a different look.

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRM

I think that's Scott's wife in the first panel… Her facial expression reminds me more of Martha Stewart, like from Joy of Tech.

Sneezing onto your arm? I've never liked that idea. There's no way I'm accepting a hug of any type from anyone who does that. That's got to be the worst thing ever! It stays on your clothing and can't be washed off in the middle of the day without you looking like a dork with wet sleeves. And what if you don't have sleeves?!

Wouldn't clothing prolong the moisture of the sneeze allowing further growth of the virus, not too mention being a suitable new home for mold and yeast spores?

And how long does anyone's hands stay "sanitized" after "sanitizing" their hands? And who wants to touch the sanitizer bottle after everyone else has? I'd think it'd be better to stay far away from sanitizer dispensers with their collection of germs on the outside of the sanitizer equipment.

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThom

@LEH, what if we want to be a germ factory? Better than being a Mistake Factory.

February 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

LEH, although I agree with your post about staying home and getting better, in today's world (well, here in the US, at least) employers tend to not care how sick one is; they simply want one to be at work doing one's job. Case in point: I know someone who works at an elderly care facility who got flu-sick (vomiting and other associated issues) and called in sick, only to receive a two-day suspension for not showing up at work and for not obtaining a doctor's excuse. Nevermind that the person would have been in close contact with THE ELDERLY, many of whom have compromised immune systems due to their advanced age. As for a doctor's excuse, not everyone (again, in the US anyway) can afford an office visit every time they get the sniffles, or have an upset stomach, or actually have a strain of influenza or worse. Not every workplace has paid sick leave and/or health insurance, so doctor visits can be prohibitively costly.
Basically, employees are really screwed. (To be fair, if an employee calls in sick but is seen that day out shopping or clubbing or whatever, then I would side with the employer for suspending him or her. But I don't like when employers make 'examples' out of employees who are legitimately ill.)

As for getting enough sleep... wellllll, I guess I should do better in that department myself, especially instead of staying up late to catch up with Basic Instructions... actually, I could think of worse reasons to stay up late. I could say I'm part of the 'laughter is the best medicine' crowd!

February 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCR

My parents work in a hospital. They need more sick people in order for the hospital to survive. Everyone, please follow the last panel and cough at people!

February 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersansation

I like the underlying suggestion with "slow the spread of germs". Germs will inevitably spread, slowly but surely.

Kind of like zombies, I suppose…hmm…

February 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThom
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