With Sony skipping PAX East over coronavirus concerns many attendees may be wondering if they should do the same. As a mom who has dealt with the flu and strep throat within the span of two weeks I’ll be honest with you; this flu season is bad. With the extra viruses going on do we all need to wear facemasks, bathe in hand sanitzer, and walk under a constant rain cloud of Lysol spray? I think not.
First lets chat PAX East. Every year tens of thousands of people come to the Boston Convention Center, and every year you hear stories about the PAX Plague. PAX Plague also known as Con Crud encompasses any sort of illness one might contract at any event. Regardless of which plague it is, none of them are fun. However there are ways to prevent getting sick while at PAX or just in general every day life.
There are some simple ways to reduce how likely you are to get sick while at an event. Eating healthy, getting eight hours of sleep, exercising, and avoiding stress are all good ways to boost your immune system. I know you’re laughing as much as I am right now. I don’t do any of this either. So basically we’re all screwed right?
I don’t know about you, but with PAX East being only a week away I doubt I can do all of those things. All hope is not lost though as there are quite a few things we can all do to prevent getting sick in Boston.
According to the CDC there are a few simple tricks to avoiding being exposed to coronavirus disease and other types of Con Crud.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. This is the exact reason I avoid hugs and handshakes if at all possible at conventions. Maybe this is a good time to make elbow bumps a thing?
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Easier said than done, but try you best to not directly deposit germs into your face. You will inevitable touch many things at a convention. Keyboards, controllers, escalator rails, doors…everything. Nothing is safe. Don’t put the cooties back into your face.
- Stay at home when you are sick. If you know you are sick and bring your plague to a convention please know that you are risking the health of others. Some people absolutely have no choice but to do due to work, etc. You can’t help it, but you can do your best to contain your germs.
Also, we don’t do politics here but there are a ton of us who simply don’t have health insurance. People may not know they’re sick. I personally wait until something is falling off to seek medical care for that exact reason. So just assume there will be sick people there and be as safe as possible.
- Clean and disinfect any frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. TLDR version if you go up to a booth and it smells like Lysol, THANK THEM. The people running that booth clearly care about your health.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. As per the CDC, they do NOT recommend that people who are well wear a facemask. So there’s no need to cover your face up all weekend. People who ARE showing symptoms of COVID-19 SHOULD wear a facemask to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- Wash your hands often. Hopefully this is a common thing for you, but if not start now. Proper and frequent hand washing is so necessary to avoid getting sick. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is most important after going to the bathroom, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating.
- Hand sanitizer should not be your first choice in cleaning your hands. Use soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available pick an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. But please do not rely on that as your only means of cleaning your hands all day.
All of these tips are regular every day habits that can help you avoid getting sick and help prevent spreading germs. You may have the best immune system on the planet, but not everyone you’ll interact with at a convention has that same luxury. Stay safe, stay healthy, and be considerate of others so we can all have a fun time at PAX East.
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