Be a Scrooge With Your Cold and Flu Bugs: Please Stop Re-gifting!

Be a Scrooge With Your Cold and Flu Bugs: Please Stop Re-gifting!

There’s an elephant in the room.

Not the awkward kind that means we have to have an uncomfortable conversation. It’s the white kind that means you’re the recipient of a recycled gift.

Do you want the gift? That depends on whether the giver has followed financial guru Dave Ramsey’s No. 1 rule of re-gifting: The gift has to make sense. You wouldn’t pass off a snowblower to your uncle in Florida or a pound of saltwater taffy to your diabetic nephew. But your best friend might be thrilled with the fuchsia printed handbag you wouldn’t be caught dead carrying.


The 1995 episode of Seinfeld called “The Label Maker” popularized the term “re-gifting.” The practice has become socially acceptable says American Express, at least to slightly more than three-quarters of us. Their 2014 study found that the most popular regifted items included kitchenware, sweaters, electronics, gloves and toys.

There’s even a date on the calendar for it. National Re-gifting Day is celebrated the third Thursday before Christmas, the most common day for holiday office parties, to encourage people to recycle and stick to their holiday budgets.

However, there is one gift that nobody ever wants and, no, it’s not fruitcake. There are actually people (so we’ve heard) who like fruitcake.

It’s germs.

Are you being too generous with your cold and flu germs?

Here are the best ways to stop spreading those nasty germs around like an unwanted holiday pudding:

  • Use facial tissue.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Keep your hands away from your mouth and nose.
  • If you’re feverish, stay home.
  • Wash your hands after sneezing and blowing your nose.

If you’ve already received the gift of germs, drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest. If your cold or flu bug gets to be too much, our nearby ER will help you recover.

For fast, emergency help when your cold or flu becomes more serious, look to one of our many Medical City ER locations across North Texas. With average wait times posted online, if you do have an emergency, you can spend less time waiting and more time on the moments that matter most.

Find a fast Medical City ER near you or visit Medical City Virtual Care for non-emergency medical treatment from your computer or smartphone.

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Revised 12/19/2018

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