The tricks worked for this past cycle! Thank you to my friends for the advice! Knock on wood that the tips continue to work. I have not been sick since early December and more folks at work have gotten sick. Not to mention, sick kids are coming in every day. So I am VERY happy with the results.
I am now viewing it as not only do I want to prevent my getting sick, but that I want to prevent my partner, coworkers, museum visitors and people I come into contact with from getting sick as well. My wellness and habits can help all those folks.
I am hoping for another illness free cycle. I mean I know I will get sick again at some point, but if I can go as long as possible without getting sick that would be amazing! I will keep you posted.