IF there weren’t reason already, Canadian health experts are warning mommy shouldn’t be kissing Santa Claus underneath the mistletoe this year.
Not unless she wants to risk disappointing billions of children around the world by giving Santa the flu.
And kissing is just one of a number of nonos Ryerson University’s School of Occupational and Public Health warns is a surefire way to get sick as the flu and the holiday seasons converge.
To fight the flu, the university suggests the air kiss, that staple of high society, where germs won’t get passed through lip-to-skin contact.
While it might seem crazy to avoid kissing your loved ones, the flu is transmitted first and foremost through saliva, and smacking lips is one of the best ways to give your friends and family the gift that will keep them sneezing, the university warns.
And if you plan on attending a religious service this year, the university says the health-inspired elbow bumpmight be the best way to say hello to your fellow worshippers.
While a greeting that looks fit for the football field might not fly with some, it helps to reduce contact between people and keeps the flu at bay.
The school’s list is also peppered with common flu-prevention techniques, such as frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve.
So, at a time when people are heading to holiday parties and wandering through crowded shopping malls searching for the perfect gift, the health experts are reminding us an illness is the last thing people want for Christmas.
Kissing Santa Claus — and everyone else, for that matter — can spread the flu faster than a team of flying reindeer, health experts warn.