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Pablo - email - url
We have people at the office staying home sick a lot. They tend to be parents of small children, which makes sense at this point. I expect that all of us will be victim eventually.

There is one person who sits near me who sprays Lysol in the air whenever anyone coughs or sneezes. The smell is annoying, and I suspect its effect is negligible, but I wonder if it is also counterproductive. Does the chemical in the spray irritate the lining of the nose/lungs to the point where the virus finds even more opportunity to enter the system?
Tuesday: 27 October 2009 @ 09:32:43


Wayne - email - url
Pablo - I expect you're right, and especially about the vector. Small children and students - anyone who must enter a high population density.

Yuck - that employee sounds like someone engaging in compulsion. Have they taken advantage of the vaccine(s)?

Logic suggests that for a lysol spray to be effective, the droplets of the spray would have to mix with the sneeze droplets, and even then I don't know. We're talking virus and not bacteria. I somehow doubt that the droplets of lysol very often collide with the droplets of lysol spray, in time, unless the person sprays directly toward the sneezer, within a few milliseconds. Now *that* would be obnoxious!
Tuesday: 27 October 2009 @ 09:58:50


Marjorie - email - url
By the time the general populace has access to the vaccine most will already have either been infected or exposed. My middle schoolers came down with 'something' at the beginning of September (despite hand washing and hand sanitizer). After a trip to the doc to rule out pneumonia the dr did a flu test - positive. Since all my kids had received the seasonal flu shot, 'piggy floo' was the diagnosis. Most doctors are NOT testing for flu and yet their offices are full of flu cases so any figures on the CDC site are WAY off. FYI - I caught it (of course : - ( ) and yet never ran a high fever - low grade only. Felt poorly though for a week. Hot soup, tea, and a good book. Bonne chance!
Tuesday: 27 October 2009 @ 11:46:51


Heather - email
We were with friends in Ohio with kids who had flu. I'd had the seasonal flu shot but my husband had not. His doctor here in Athens ran a test to see if he had H1N1 but it came back negative. The doctor thought the test was inconclusive because his symptoms were more like that of H1N1. I felt remarkably well. Just a few aches and pains and one small set of chills. Nothing an ibuprofen couldn't fix. My husband was out for days and in terrible pain with a long lasting fever. Thankfully, he is well again. His doctor thought that the regular flu shot ameliorates some of the symptoms of H1N1. Didn't know that was possible. So either that is true or my husband just had the regular flu after all.
Tuesday: 27 October 2009 @ 12:00:48


robin andrea - email - url
I encountered one of those parking meter-bubble gum disinfectant machines at the hospital when my mom was in last year with her broken ankle. I used it every time I entered and left the building. There was a similar and smaller device in each of the hospital rooms by the sink. The doctors and nurses used them (me too), and the doctors were quite good about remembering to wash their hands as well. All of that gave me some measure of confidence. Interestingly, I read a report that said one of the most germ-laden things in a hospital room is something that never gets disinfected-- the remote control for the TV. Makes me wonder about all the things in a university that get touched everyday by people who aren't careful and who are sick, and are overlooked as possible germ factories.

Hope Glenn is on the mend, and all is well there.
Tuesday: 27 October 2009 @ 12:52:49


arcolaura - email - url
Today I am staying home from my scheduled field experience (student teaching) because of mild flu symptoms. There are sanitizer dispensers everywhere around the campus here, but what would have been really handy this morning is a device to check my temperature. I am quite willing to isolate myself when appropriate but it's hard to be sure, and I suspect there are very few students who keep thermometers in their dorm rooms or apartments. My Dad has a gadget that gives a temperature readout when pointed at a surface - no contact necessary. If there were something similar set up as a station that one could approach with a forehead, maybe people would be more certain, more quickly, and more willing to stay home at the stage when it would do the most good.
Tuesday: 27 October 2009 @ 16:02:42


Mark - email
I saw on TV last night that some places with H1N1 vaccine are limiting vaccinations to those from 2 to 49 (I think). That lets me out for the time being. I got my seasonal flu shot last week, the first time I ever got one. The only time I had flu was about 1969. I was out of school for a week.

I wonder how much good the hand sanitizers do in the long run. If you pay attention to what you and other people are doing, you see that we are touch our faces frequently. I do that especially frequently because I always seem to have a mild nasal allergy. I just realized that I'm sitting here with my chin in my hand and my little finger pressed against my lips. Where is that hand sanitizer?
Tuesday: 27 October 2009 @ 17:56:29


Wayne - email - url
Marjorie - it does seem to be that the vaccine will be too late for most. That's pretty disappointing. My understanding is that the virus grows unusually slowly in culture, so less product has resulted. It's too bad that the problem wasn't anticipated so that more cultures could be started to compensate.

Heather - I'm hoping for your scenario if I get it. But I'll probably get your husband's version.

Robin - glad to hear that the sanitizers are available in hospitals (!). Now that I've identified their function and gotten used to them, I'm a regular fan. I'd love one in the house today!

Mark - Sounds like those are the places where the H1N1 vaccine is actually sort of available.

I've been watching the students over the last few days, and myself as well. As you say, it's amazing how often we touch our faces. I've been trying consciously to avoid that. In the matter of the sanitizers, at the very least the slightly disgusting stickiness they leave you with gives me a psychological prompt when my hand starts to get around my face. So maybe they work in that sense (at least for me).

BTW - we've had 1.5 inches of rain so far since 8AM and no sign of stopping yet.
Tuesday: 27 October 2009 @ 18:17:15


bev - email - url
Just a quick note as I'm on the road and pressed for time. Last night, I called home and spoke to my brother. I guess the flu thing is starting to worry people in Ontario - at least a couple of deaths of younger teens, etc... There are plans for large innoculation clinics as soon as larger quantities of the vaccine are procured. I haven't heard much about it while on the road, but then I'm totally out of the news loop these days, and have been for many weeks. I'm in Death Valley at the moment, so not around too many people.
Thursday: 29 October 2009 @ 14:40:20


Wayne - email - url
Bev - not being around too many people is a good thing, flu notwithstanding. I'm always glad for that.
Saturday: 7 November 2009 @ 12:44:43


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