Classroom Japanese: Yobou

予防 (よぼう/yobou) Prevention.

This one’s going around the school this month in the contexts of preventing catching the flu. Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Sit far from each other at lunch. Gargle water like that has any effect at all. Prevention. You know, I think I wash my hands more than most doctors and yet I still catch the flu every year.

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  1. What got me through flu season this year (so far, knock on wood) is washing my hands in conjunction with not touching my face.

    I’m amazed at how often I touch my face, and I’m sure I even do it without thinking as well as all the times I catch myself. Rubbing my eyes, scratching my nose, or anything.

    Add gargling and hand washing but most importantly if you can keep your hands from your face, you stand a much better chance of making it through winter without getting the flu.

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