Medical researcher Al Avlicino’s book Beat the Flu: How to Stay Healthy Through the Coming Bird Flu Pandemic (Vision/Fusion Publishing, London, UK) contains a number of personal hygiene tips including:
•When sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sneeze into the crook of your arm, not hand. Hands are a major contaminant.
• Flush the toilet with the lid down. Particles of water with bacteria and viruses can be ejected more than three metres from toilets.
•Wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly. The average apple has been in contact with more than 50 people when you get it home.
• Air your house regularly by opening the windows. Stale air can harbour germs.
•Wash eggs before storing them in the fridge and before cracking them. They are perfect incubators for viruses. He also includes some cures used during the 1918 flu pandemic but which he does NOT recommend, such as:
• Spray a mixture of carbolic acid and quinine in your nose.
• Eat sugar laced with turpentine or
• Stand outside in the cold, naked.
• Drink lots of alcohol.
• Lie in a tub full of chopped onions.None found.