Have you ever been in a situation where someone said “Don’t get too close, I have (name your infectious disease)”? You will be surprised at Bob Cummings response to this situation in his latest blog. “What if health were catching?” It was published in the Dearborn Press and Guide on February 15, 2017.
Is it reasonable to consider a good thing as contagious? Isn’t it widely accepted, for example, that laughter can be infectious?
What would be the beneficial implications of viewing health as catching?
For one thing, instead of viewing health as fragile, we could find a sturdier sense of health — that is, health that is not just the absence of disease or infirmity, as pointed out by the World Health Organization’s definition of health.
This, in turn, could help us confront fear in the face of news reports of the flu and other forms of contagion. Such reports, in this newspaper and others, can help us be informed, alert and wise.
Unfortunately, they can also make us fearful.