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justice isn't something just anyone can afford.

So guys?

I am not a doctor, but given that about eight people I know in various areas of the Northeast and Midwest have reported some sort of awful puking thing in the past two weeks... I don't think it's food poisoning.

Hand sanitizer protocol is a go.

Just sayin'.
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*g* I'm practically swimming in the stuff.

I'm just thankful that I didn't get the rest of my family sick with my holiday stomach flu.
Yeah. The whole planet is puking.
Running rampant in the Midwest too. *goes to wash hands again*
And on the left coast. *sigh* Down with it, here.
Huh. Over Christmas, the spouse's cousin (and his whole family) couldn't come to Christmas dinner because they had some horrible puking flu thing. So if it's the same thing going around, it's hanging out in northern Florida, too.

This is from an email sent out by my employer (a hospital south of Boston)

Gastrointestinal Illness: Please Take Proper Precautions

Colleagues,
In the last few weeks, we have noticed an increase in people presenting with gastrointestinal illness. We are committed to preventing illness proactively, and we each have a role to play in infection prevention. Please follow proper precautions to prevent the spread of disease.

All colleagues who have contact with anyone experiencing symptoms should take these precautions:

- Wash your hands vigorously with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds before and after all patient interactions. Hand sanitizers (Purell) alone are not adequate to prevent the spread of gastrointestinal illness.

- Wearing medical gloves helps prevent the spread of infections. And, as a reminder, hand hygiene must be practiced after taking off gloves. Contamination can occur during glove removal.

- Clinicians and other colleagues working with affected patients should use contact precautions, which includes gloves, gowns, masks, and eye protection.

- Use Oxivir or MicroKill wipes for cleaning equipment between patients. This includes stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, etc. (Do not use the PDI Super SaniCloth with purple tops).
Use these:

General steps for infection prevention:

- Wash your hands frequently, whether or not you provide patient care. It is the best way to avoid getting sick and spreading infection.

- Clean with alcohol wipes, all non-clinical equipment on your unit, including keyboards, phones, shared office equipment, door knobs and bars, light switches, and portable electronic devices including blackberries and wireless phones, etc.

- Do not share food and beverages in clinical and common areas. Many hands reaching into bowls of candy, for example, can spread infections. Remember, colleagues should never consume food and beverages in clinical areas.

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(Emphasis mine)
While most of it's not really relevant outside a clinical setting, it is worth noticing that they don't recommend the use of hand sanitizers where there is the option to use soap and water.
We had a nasty 24 hour stomache bug hit different parts of my family over Chistmas.
Oh my yes - it's some type of Noro Virus, according my doctor. Blessedly, it only lasts about 36-48 hours.
Some people seem to be having after effects for days. :-P
Handwashing, hand sanitizer, avoiding plague-ridden podlings, etc.

It was wretched. Symptoms started Monday morning, my insides are *still* unsure about the whole idea of food.
In England, they call it Winter Vomiting Sickness, and yes, the best protection is super personal hygiene - Good Luck.
Much of my family has come down with this in the last few days -- we were all gathered together in the Midwest for Xmas. *sigh* So far I seem to have missed it, but I'm not holding my breath.
Ugh. I really don't want this.
Botheration.... on the other hand, good to hear about this before the trip to Chicago.
What an excellent time to have a cold that keeps me from leaving the house!
A good friend missed her flight from MKE to Philly to join our gang for NYE b/c she was down with that nastiness. That was Saturday, and I think she only just started to consider herself over it this morning.

Times like these are when I'm glad I'm working from home right now, am not on the road, and it's too damned cold to go outside.

Stay safe out there, people!!
Nasty, nasty stuff. I ended up in the hospital due to complications from the thing, so take care
oh, yuck. Sorry.
Seem to be just starting a cold at the moment -- but that doesn't convey any protection I'm aware of against other things. Yuck.

More soap and water, sanitizer if water not available, check. Die, skin! Dry up and crack away!
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