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    Why The Flu May Turn Deadly

    interesting article

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    It seems there's a different attitude to Swine Flu in the US. OH went to work in Boston, MA yesterday for the week and following M-in-law's near nervous breakdown at news of his travel, I thought I'd check the situation out over there:

    State Has 34 Confirmed Cases Of H1N1 Flu - Boston News Story - WCVB Boston

    Officials said that they have been in close contact with education chiefs throughout the state and have not recommended that any schools be closed, per recommendations from the CDC. Of the 34 confirmed cases in Massachusetts, 12 are adults, four are young adults and 18 are children, health officials said.

    Closure for a single confirmed case is not warranted at this time given the nature of the virus and its intensity and severity thus far,” said DPH medical director Dr. Lauren Smith.
    I know that one of the schools closed here has several cases, but as far as I'm aware, the others have only case...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sippo View Post
    Man flu is worse...
    Can pigs catch man flu?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephenleak View Post
    Can pigs catch man flu?
    ManBearPig flu


    South Park for the win

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    I have been asked by the bursar for a way that will ensure that all keyboards, mice and computer desks are wiped down to prevent the spread of bird flu in the event of an outbreak at our school.
    I think this proposal is entirely un-workable as it would require the equipment to be wiped down after every class but i was wondering if any other schools out there have been asked to do something similar or better still if you have something currently in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madcyryl View Post
    I have been asked by the bursar for a way that will ensure that all keyboards, mice and computer desks are wiped down to prevent the spread of bird flu in the event of an outbreak at our school.
    I think this proposal is entirely un-workable as it would require the equipment to be wiped down after every class but i was wondering if any other schools out there have been asked to do something similar or better still if you have something currently in place.
    Not only unworkable but also completely inneffective.

    Bird flu? I thought that had gone out of fashion. Aren't we onto the pork variant these days?

    Besides which its important to remember that because of our climate, and constant exposure to flu, we're pretty much immune to the nastier effects of even these variant strains - deaths only seem to occur in populations where flu is a rarity.

    Lets be honest, kids aren't going to catch flu from a keyboard. They're going to catch it from each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madcyryl View Post
    I have been asked by the bursar for a way that will ensure that all keyboards, mice and computer desks are wiped down to prevent the spread of bird flu in the event of an outbreak at our school.
    I think this proposal is entirely un-workable as it would require the equipment to be wiped down after every class but i was wondering if any other schools out there have been asked to do something similar or better still if you have something currently in place.
    Ask em to hire a full time cleaner then because you are not gonna get your work done if your wiping keyboards down fulltime. Plus its gonna interfere with classes i presume if you have to do it after every lesson.

    What an outfit.

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    Dont forget all door handles in the entire school as well.

    This did get casually mentioned to me. I just pointed out that I suffered from asthma and was doing my best to avoid swine flu.

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    And the maths office should clean all shared calculators or protractors

    science department should clean ALL shared equipment, not just tubes and beakers.

    Kids should not share pens, pencils, rulers, etc.

    If a kid sits on a bench it must be disinfected.

    If a kid looks at something it should be burnt and disposed of instantly by radiation specialists!



    also, you need a permit to breath now, just in case you have swine flu and breath round other people.

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    I agree that the exercise is utterly pointless but i suppose ideas like what my Bursar had is what happens when many "great minds" get together at bursars's conferences and dream up wonderful schemes such as cleaning keyboards!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolfea View Post
    If a kid looks at something it should be burnt and disposed of instantly by radiation specialists!


    I didn't realize we were allowed to burn the kids now.

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