Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Retirement is good for public health

Saturday I came down with a cold.  I was really worn out by the time I had split the tree I had cut down earlier in the day.  As my wife was not happy with the low temperatures, she was very glad that I was amenable to returning to Duluth rather than staying another day.

Sunday I was even more worn out, napped a bit, and otherwise lolligagged around the house.  Monday, the same thing.  Today I cough some but have a bit more energy; still, I decided not to go out to a coffee shop.

But if I was still working somewhere, be it in an office or driving a bus, I probably would have gone to work on Monday.  If I did that, how many people would I have infected with my cold, be it by sneezing, shaking hands, or touching doorknobs?