I'm not a germaphobe but I married into a germaphobe family. Fear of germs, of course, falls along a spectrum. This range runs the gamut from the very natural respect Disease commands (after all, it makes war and famine look like amateurs in the human death toll department) and reasonable precautions one should take so as to avoid contact with the Bubonic plague, to the type of fear that might best be considered a phobia or in the extremes even a form of mental illness. In between, we find folks that drink beers from the same bottle with sick friends (hey, alcohol kills all dem germs), people who go through a quart of hand sanitizer a week, people who wash their hands 16 times a day (maybe the job demands it...maybe not). The only constant feature that most share is the fact that each individual feels they take just the right amount of precaution and everyone else either too much or too little.
What measures, if any, do you take to protect yourself during cold and flu season? Are surgical gloves and masks part of your wardrobe? Are you one to go through a bottle of hand sanitizer weekly? or are you the kind of soul who can munch on a snack in the bathroom with a clear conscience? Has anyone found that the addition of children in their life altered their views towards disease prevention/sanitation? Do you have separate sleeping areas when your wife/hubby/SO is sick? Do angels fear to tread where fools rush in, or does that which does not kill only make you stronger?