One man going from house to house in the middle of winter, delivering gifts to children around the world, in the midst of cold and flu season . . . It’s a wonder that Santa Claus is able to escape the germy clutches of Christmas unscathed. Or does he? Does Santa Claus carry germs around the world on Christmas night? Germ exposure is high for us all during the holidays, but a case of the flu would seriously dampen Santa’s spirits. To ensure this will be a Christmas to remember (not a flu-ridden year you’d rather forget), let’s explore where germs thrive during the holidays and how Santa Claus could play a role in their proliferation.
Does Santa Claus Carry Germs?
Can you get a cold from visiting Santa Claus at the mall?
Like many public places, shopping malls and department stores are often filled with germs harboring viruses and bacteria. If you aren’t careful, you could come into contact with these germs as you’re crossing items off your Christmas list.
The mall is especially hazardous at Christmastime, when children (who everyone knows are especially vulnerable to illness) line up to sit on Santa’s lap and whisper their hopes and dreams into his ear. So as you’re waiting to meet Santa – watching the coughing, sneezing children in line ahead of you – bust out some hand sanitizer and pass it around to everyone in your group. Then, as soon as you finish greeting Santa, schedule a bathroom break. After waiting in line so long, you’ll probably need to go anyway – but more importantly, it will give everyone a chance to wash their hands with soap and warm water.
Saying hello to Santa Claus at the mall each year is a joy, but it’s not without risks!
Does Santa Claus pick up germs as he visits homes around the world?
The possibility of cross-contamination skyrockets at Christmastime as people travel around the country (and around the world) to visit family and friends. Plus, December is filled with office parties, school festivities, and visits from relatives – all of which increase the likelihood that germs will be brought into your home. It certainly doesn’t help that the holidays occur in the middle of flu season and that we tend to spend a lot of time in enclosed spaces filled with dry air. If you haven’t yet already, remember to get your flu shot before Christmas! In addition, consider using the SafeSpace Disinfectant & Deodorizing Germ Fogger to disinfect enclosed rooms in your house that are likely to greet many germs this season. It kills 99 percent of the germs responsible for colds, the flu, staph, MRSA, and many other illnesses. Not only will you be protecting your family from germs, but also you’ll reduce the likelihood that a guest (including a very special guest with a white beard and a fur-trimmed red suit!) will walk away with germs as a parting gift.
Does Santa Claus track germs into my house?
Santa likely takes some extra precautions to ensure that he doesn’t track germs into each house along his route. With his thick red suit, gloves, and long beard, he limits his contact with germy surfaces. Plus, Santa is lucky in that even if he does catch a cold, he has plenty of time to recover before he needs to start work again for next Christmas. But we sincerely hope that Santa is using an Auto Disinfecting & Deodorizing Mist to keep his sleigh fresh-smelling this December. Although it’s not designed for sleighs, with a little magic, old St. Nick might be able to make it work.
Does Santa Claus carry germs? Although it’s hard to say anything definitive about a figure as mysterious as Santa Claus, I think you can sleep easy (while visions of sugarplums dance in your head) knowing that Santa has it covered. All of the stories, poems, and research into Santa Claus indicate that his magical abilities would allow him to easily overcome germs and bacteria.
That said, just because Santa won’t carry germs into your house, that doesn’t mean no one will. Keep your favorite disinfecting products on hand so that you’re ready when your sniffling nephew blows his nose on your dishtowel, your in-laws track in airport germs on their shoes, and your dog licks your baby’s cheeks. Whatever threatens your health this holiday season, SafeSpace is ready to help.
The SafeSpace Company is a family-owned small business proudly selling American-made products to keep your family safe and healthy. To avoid germs this holiday season, stock up on disinfectant essentials with the SafeSpace Germ Fighter Kit. You’ll get everything you need to keep yourself and your family healthy: hand sanitizers, disinfecting and deodorizing mists, and disinfectant foggers. This handy kit makes a great Christmas gift as well!
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