Wisconsin has first case of new coronavirus from China Let's talk about Con Crud and how to avoid it. Gary Con, more than any other gaming convention out there, has an aging population. The last thing we want is one of our favorite special guests being exposed to something awful. If you're going to sneeze or cough, don't cover your mouth with your hands. Cough like you're an old-Hollywood-Dracula, holding up your cloak. Yes, we all know the studies about how hand sanitizer makes you evolutionarily weaker to certain biologicals. This is short term and targeted: Use hand sanitizer while you're at the convention. Use it frequently. If you've got a portable, keep it in your pocket and wipe down your hands before and after greeting your friends. Wash your hands frequently. If you're worried about catching something, you may want to wash your hands before and after going to the bathroom. If you're arriving on site with "just a little cough", drop by the drug store on your way in and pick up some face masks. If you're starting to feel under the weather, don't show up for that I-need-toothpicks-to-hold-open-my-eyelids game the next morning, and gift yourself with a few additional hours of sleep. Your vulnerability levels are at issue here, and the best thing you can do to strengthen your defenses is to get some sleep. Do not depend on homeopathic remedies to get you through this. If you feel better when you're on them, then more power to you, but don't make that the final word on the subject. Attend to all of the bullet points above, as well.