Strategies to Stay Germ-Free at Casinos

Las Vegas is currently free from any reported cases of the coronavirus, but it's still important to be mindful of the flu season and take necessary precautions to stay healthy while enjoying the vibrant casino scene. Although it's evident that germs can easily be transmitted in such bustling environments, there's no need to completely abstain from having a good time. By following these helpful suggestions, you can not only protect yourself from the virus but also safeguard against any potential flu outbreaks.

In the face of potential illness, it's crucial to prioritize our health by implementing straightforward preventive measures and steering clear of individuals who may be unwell. Nevertheless, it's important to recognize that absolute certainty cannot be guaranteed. For individuals with a susceptibility to sickness, it may be prudent to exercise caution and refrain from frequenting crowded public spaces during times of outbreaks.

Grab some hand wipes

Many gambling establishments offer moist towelettes. Inquire with a cashier at the cash desk, a slot machine attendant, or a bartender for a few. I personally gather and keep a supply of these in case a casino runs out.

Whenever I find myself settling into a video poker machine or checking into a hotel room, I immediately reach for my trusty alcohol wipes. This simple act of sterilization has become second nature to me, a deeply ingrained habit that harkens back to the days of coin-operated games. Utilizing a variety of alcohol types, these wipes possess the power to eliminate any lingering germs on surfaces or skin. As I meticulously cleanse the machine's buttons and screen, as well as my own hands, I feel a sense of reassurance knowing that I am taking proactive measures to maintain cleanliness and hygiene. This routine has been a constant in my life for decades, a testament to the enduring importance of maintaining a pristine environment in all situations.

Ticket-in/ticket-out machines revolutionized the cleanliness of slot machines, yet it's important to note that any surface touched by hands has the potential to harbor germs.

In a casino, I always make sure to grab one of these wipes before I even think about touching my eyes, mouth, ears, or nose. It may seem a bit excessive, but I take the time to clean the slot machine repeatedly during my session. People might think I'm a bit of a germophobe, but surprisingly enough, I've never fallen ill after a visit to a casino.

Cleanse your hands in the bathroom

I am absolutely appalled at the sheer amount of individuals who neglect to cleanse their hands after utilizing the restroom facilities within gambling establishments. It is truly repugnant and revolting. Given the current perilous situation posed by the coronavirus, coupled with the typical influenza season, failing to perform such a basic act of hygiene is utterly unforgivable.

Whenever I use the bathroom, I always prioritize hygiene by thoroughly washing my hands with a rich lather of soap and hot water. This simple act not only cleanses my hands, but also serves as a symbolic gesture to compensate for those individuals who neglect this essential practice. In cases where the sink lacks the convenient sensors that regulate the flow of water, I ingeniously rely on a trusty paper towel to perform this task on my behalf. Similarly, when confronted with the presence of a door, I instinctively employ the same ingenious approach, utilizing a paper towel as a barrier between my hand and the potentially unclean surface.

Carry hand sanitizer

When it comes to playing table games, it becomes crucial to pay attention to hygiene. Unfortunately, wet wipes cannot be used to clean the cards, dice, or table. In such a situation, it is advisable to regularly use hand sanitizer throughout the gaming session. In case you don't have any hand sanitizer with you, there's a good chance that the poker room or table game pit has a bottle available. Don't hesitate to approach the supervisor and ask for it; they are more than willing to provide it. After all, they don't want to fall ill either.

If you're feeling unwell, it's best to avoid going out and stay at home instead.

When it comes to playing poker or other table games, nobody wants to sit across from someone who's constantly sneezing and coughing. If you find yourself in that situation, it's best to stay home, regardless of the reason behind your symptoms. Instead of risking the health and comfort of others, you can still get your gambling fix by placing sports bets on your phone from the comfort of your own home. And if you feel a sneeze coming on, it's important to step away from the table and make sure you contain it to avoid spreading any potential germs. If you happen to find a sick person sitting at your table, it might be a good idea to consider ending the session for everyone's sake.

Please note that I am not providing medical advice; rather, I am sharing my observations based on my extensive experience in casinos. To ensure your safety against viruses, the World Health Organization offers valuable recommendations.