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Just a shorter this morning - I really am planning on posting pics this evening.

Someone on Shakesville called H1N1 "Hamthrax".  I love this so much, I'm stealing it.

...and washing my hands a lot.  And wearing a gas mask to hand out candy on Saturday.

No Hamthrax for me.


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Oct. 29th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
There is a sub-class of people who are amazingly put out at having to do anything at all that is extra effort.

*especially* if it means thinking of other people's needs.
Oct. 29th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
Every time the Development Director for the UPenn Vet School comes into our office, she complains BITTERLY that we have a little sign on our automatic Purell dispenser that says, "Swine Flu - Bacon's Revenge!". But I like the Hamthrax, as well!
Oct. 29th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
My son's school calls it the R2D2 virus (Middle School) but yea I love "Hamthrax" better. Thanks for the LOLs this morning!
Oct. 29th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
I love it! :-) I don't get why people would get hostile... if they don't have H1N1 then a mask is a good way to NOT get it when their immunity is already compromised! You'd think they'd almost be grateful!

Bacon's Revenge is another good one ;-)
Oct. 29th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
Hamthrax--I've seen that one. Others include:
The Aporkalypse
Oct. 29th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
Aporkalypse! That is made of win!
Oct. 29th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
I can't take credit for any of them but the alphabet soup...but, yes, I love calling it the Aporkalypse.

It sort of reminds me of when my grandfather was still at the Soldiers' Home in DC and complaining that the Post Office kept toasting his correspondence with microwaves to kill off the "Amtrak virus"
Oct. 29th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Love the Hamthrax. Heard that one about a week ago.

My cousin is a physician. Apparently he had a patient refer to it as the "Hiney" flu (H1N1 could be misread as "HINI".
Oct. 29th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
They stole it from me! I've been calling it that for months. *pout*

It's also been called BaconPox.
Oct. 29th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
It's been around for a while, I gather. :)
Oct. 29th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
I suspect that my 3 favorite terms for H1N1 were all "unvented" as Elizabeth Zimmerman called it: near-simultaneous invention by several people not in contact with each other.

Mind you, I'd joke about anything -- the nastier or more serious it is, the worse the jokes. That's how my family functions. Laughing at the tragedies that befall us.
Nov. 13th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
Reading this actually makes me feel somewhat better, Hugh. I've been reading your jokes about it as making light of the subject, rather than as laughing so you don't cry.

Hereby happily corrected.
Oct. 29th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
We've been calling it the H1n1e flu around here, because we love bacon and don't wish to sully its otherwise impeccable reputation (er... except for the whole rolling around in poo thing)

Hamthrax, though... yeah, I'll add that to the list :D
Oct. 29th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
One of my friends calls it "heinie flu"
Oct. 29th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
I actually found out from a friend who works with biochemists that most people use hand sanitizer wrong. Apparently, you have to drench your hands in the stuff and let them sit wet for thirty seconds to be effective. Or, you know, wash your hands with soap, which is what I try to do most often.

It makes me not want to think about the purell dispensers in the porta potties at events...
Oct. 29th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
I never touch those things! Handi wipes of my own, or soap and water, thanks.

I always cringe in a public restroom when I hear someone leave without washing their hands. This is also why I hate restrooms that just have hand dryers rather than the choice of those or towels - I have to try to turn off taps and open doors without contaminating my hands again!

Hands are filthy, filthy things. Unlike butts, which are conversely quite clean. I usually don't worry about toilet seats unless they're obviously soiled.
Oct. 29th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
"I always cringe in a public restroom when I hear someone leave without washing their hands."

Same here.
I used to think I had the taps thing beat by thoroughly soaping the taps (thirty second rule), then scooping water over them to get the soapsuds off without having to touch them.
But then there would be the matter of the door.
I swear I'm going to carry sani-wipes or something, sealed up in a sandwich-sized (or even a snack-sized!) locking-zip type baggie just for dealing with the door handles.
Glad you brought it up! Thankee.
Oct. 29th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
They now package germ-x towelettes in a convenient one-per-packet version. I bought a box of them and threw some in my purse for "emergency" hand-sanitizing operations. Or for when my hand sanitizer is empty. Or for when the wipes for the shopping cart handles are gone. Or for public restrooms that do not have paper towels. Or or or....
Oct. 29th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
W'oot! All right!
Now I'll head out and find some!

Thanks much!
Oct. 29th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
When there are no towels, I use the inside of the hem of my blouse or skirt to open the door.
Oct. 29th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Emmie always used to make me laugh because she used to shout rather loudly "why didn't that person wash their hands?" just in time for the door to be half way open so that both the unwashed person and people standing just outside the bathroom are sure to hear the eco of it all. She has gotten to self aware to do stuff like that anymore.
Oct. 29th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
Makes sense. You have to scrub your hands and fingers for at least thirty seconds, I think I recall reading recently, with soap and water as hot as you can stand it, to kill harmful germs (and you still may not get them all.)

I've always let my hands just sit under a slime of air-drying gel-type sanitizer. What is it other people do, instead?
Oct. 29th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
IIRC from our yearly training on sanitation and blood-borne pathogens (I used to work at a surgery center), they changed the guidelines from 30 seconds to 15 seconds with hot water and soap (sing happy birthday twice). I do the hot water & soap thing, use a paper towel or my shirt to open the bathroom door at work, then use hand sanitizer as soon as I am back at my desk. I HATE getting sick, be it just a cold or the flu or the dreaded hamthrax. Now I work for the state, so we keep getting emails from the bosses that say if you're sick, keep your cooties at home.
Oct. 29th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Ah! More convenient, so that's very good to know. Thank you!

What I was curious about, when I asked what other people do, was what do they do with the sanitizer that---presumably---makes it less or much less effective or nearly ineffective.
You and I do largely the same things with the soap and water at common/communal/public restrooms.

Oct. 29th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
Hamthrax! Bwahah!
My tiny retail workplace is taking the threat so seriously that we're taking the unprecedented step of actually letting sick employees call in sick, and sending home obviously sick ones who show up. The problem is that with a staff of five you rapidly run out of people who can cover for you. And since nobody but the district manager knows how to do payroll, he had to come in sick and do it. Which involved drenching himself in hand sanitizer and getting assigned to his own phone so he couldn't touch any others and keeping a minimum distance of five feet from other people and I opened all the doors so that fresh air circulated, but still... I think it's too little too late, as you're generally contagious before you display symptoms, and his kids were both officially diagnosed with it two weeks ago.
Oh well. It's pretty much my whole county that has it now-- it's in all the schools and all through my roller derby league. I'm just hoping that I'm old enough not to get a severe case-- it's supposed to be worst for the young and healthy, right? The glamor of youth is off me.

Ohh-- hey, I can make a surgical mask into part of my Halloween costume, and just wear it for the rest of the flu outbreak! There's a brainwave!!!
Oct. 29th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Love the new names!

A student-teacher at my son's high school was diagnosed with H1N1 last week. He said the regular teacher dis-infected the whole classroom.
The local school system was supposed to run a clinic at the schools to give shots to the students. The day we sent the permission form back the newspaper reported that the project was on hold because of a shortage of the vaccine. He can't afford to be out sick - he's a senior taking three AP classes!
Oct. 29th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
And wearing a gas mask to hand out candy on Saturday.

Dress in WWII vintage clothes and ask Are you my mummy?
Oct. 29th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
My boss and I were talking yesterday about the scariest Halloween costume we could come up with for the weekend... We came up with a pig's mask with an ice pack on the head and green around the gills, carrying a scythe... in honor of the various names that H1N1 gets online. Hamthrax, piggyflu, etc. :)
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