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Busting the Nerd Flu - Fist Bumps

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    strebaliciousstrebalicious Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I'm guess the Motaba virus.

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    adesteradester Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    We should just resort to chest bumps. You can never be too safe or sure right?

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    Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Right Here, Right Now Drives a BuickModerator mod
    edited August 2010
    I prefer the elbow bump, personally. It has nothing to do with being sanitary, I just think it's cool.

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    GrapesodaGrapesoda Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    It's all about the head-butt

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    crackgoblincrackgoblin Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    sars flu, psh. what people should be worried about is blood clots from the long flights across the country (and you people flying across the ocean) I've seen that way more in the hospital this past month in younger people.

    for everyone flying - get up every hour or so and move around. hospital time sucks

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    trickycooljtrickycoolj Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    sars flu, psh. what people should be worried about is blood clots from the long flights across the country (and you people flying across the ocean) I've seen that way more in the hospital this past month in younger people.

    for everyone flying - get up every hour or so and move around. hospital time sucks

    I heard taking an aspirin is good for long flights, to help keep the blood thin if you're especially at risk for clotting (e.g. take oral contraceptives, smoker, etc). Not sure how true it is, I always try to get an aisle seat when I go to Europe so that I have the availability to get up and move and figure aspirin/ibuprofen is just a bonus and maybe my body won't feel so sore after hauling luggage and trekking through airports.

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    EvilBadmanEvilBadman DO NOT TRUST THIS MAN Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I'm guess the Motaba virus.

    Not unless there's a Discreeto Burrito booth.

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    crackgoblincrackgoblin Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    sars flu, psh. what people should be worried about is blood clots from the long flights across the country (and you people flying across the ocean) I've seen that way more in the hospital this past month in younger people.

    for everyone flying - get up every hour or so and move around. hospital time sucks

    I heard taking an aspirin is good for long flights, to help keep the blood thin if you're especially at risk for clotting (e.g. take oral contraceptives, smoker, etc). Not sure how true it is, I always try to get an aisle seat when I go to Europe so that I have the availability to get up and move and figure aspirin/ibuprofen is just a bonus and maybe my body won't feel so sore after hauling luggage and trekking through airports.

    eh, taking an aspirin is better than nothing but i have seen people get clots on aspirin if theyve been sitting on flights or driving in cars for too long. your best bet is to still get up and move around

    edit- i forgot about you ccst people, yea this goes for you too.

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    Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Right Here, Right Now Drives a BuickModerator mod
    edited August 2010
    Hey now, on the CCST we get out of our cars and stretch every 5 hours at least.

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    AverageToasterAverageToaster Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Hate to break the bubble of some of you, but hand shaking or making out with random pax goer is probably less likely to get you sick then touching any of game demos. Those things are covered with everyones germy hands, bring hand sanitizer and you should be good provided you use it regularly, I got a 99 cent bottle last year for my self and was fine..

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    silverback1138silverback1138 Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I'm usually built like a tank and I ended up missing 3 days of work on top of 2 other days from being sick. I would recommend getting something to boost up the immune system and definitely things like hand cleaners and such. Unfortunately, some members of the gaming community still have much to learn about proper hygiene.

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    TimeCruiserMikeTimeCruiserMike Past Organizer of the West Coast Train Trip San Fernando ValleyRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Hate to break the bubble of some of you, but hand shaking or making out with random pax goer is probably less likely to get you sick then touching any of game demos.

    shush, we're having fun. :P

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    DjiemDjiem Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Oh shit, germs! Noooo!
    I'll bring my plastic bubble to PAX and I'll roll around in it I guess.

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    SeaSkyShoreSeaSkyShore Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    These measures might not work in the long run but I say better safe than sorry. I was sick for a week after PAX last year. Getting over the post PAX depression is hard enough when you're not sick.

    I'll probably stick with the fist bump. The Iron Guard Position is a little tricky with breasts.

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    AverageToasterAverageToaster Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Last year with that that little bottle of hand sanitizer i got away not sick, and i think this year because im just getting over a cold now, ill have a good strong immune system to fight the hoards

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    ImperfectImperfect Toronto, Ontario, CanadaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Man, everything I've read about Hand Sanitizer that was from a reputable source makes 'em out to be basically an expensive and terrible hand lotion. "Kill 99% of Germs" is a) bullshit, and b) useless. It's the ones that are strong enough to ignore the hand sanitizer that generally give you the colds anyway.

    Just wash your hands regularly, try to quit the habit of jamming your fingers in your eyes, nose, and mouth, and keep healthy.

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    DeciusDecius I'm old! I'm fat! I'M BLUE!Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Imperfect wrote: »
    Just wash your hands regularly, try to quit the habit of jamming your fingers in your eyes, nose, and mouth, and keep healthy.

    Looking at that makes me wish they made lime scented hand soap. I'd be all over that shit.

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    Angel177Angel177 Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    These measures might not work in the long run but I say better safe than sorry. I was sick for a week after PAX last year. Getting over the post PAX depression is hard enough when you're not sick.

    I'll probably stick with the fist bump. The Iron Guard Position is a little tricky with breasts.

    you could lift from underneath but that might prompt :shock::oops:....an undesirable response.

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    Angel177Angel177 Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Decius wrote: »
    Imperfect wrote: »
    Just wash your hands regularly, try to quit the habit of jamming your fingers in your eyes, nose, and mouth, and keep healthy.

    Looking at that makes me wish they made lime scented hand soap. I'd be all over that shit.

    they do you can get it a bath and bodyworks!

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    akjakakjak Thera Spooky GymRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Also, Airborne is total voodoo. Really? Somehow "invented by a schoolteacher" is supposed to make it credible?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airborne_%28dietary_supplement%29#Testing.2C_research.2C_and_controversy

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    MarySueMarySue Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Imperfect wrote: »
    Man, everything I've read about Hand Sanitizer that was from a reputable source makes 'em out to be basically an expensive and terrible hand lotion.

    *busts out the "I Work In A Hospital" Card, with attached "I Am Not Clinical Staff nor an Infection Control Specialist" rider*

    How to use hand sanitizer, the Mayo Clinic way! Bolded part is lo que mas importante.
    If you choose to use a commercially prepared hand sanitizer, make sure the product contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Then follow these simple steps:

    * Apply enough of the product to the palm of your hand to wet your hands completely.
    * Rub your hands together, covering all surfaces, for up to 25 seconds or until they're dry.

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    DeciusDecius I'm old! I'm fat! I'M BLUE!Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Angel177 wrote: »
    Decius wrote: »
    Imperfect wrote: »
    Just wash your hands regularly, try to quit the habit of jamming your fingers in your eyes, nose, and mouth, and keep healthy.

    Looking at that makes me wish they made lime scented hand soap. I'd be all over that shit.

    they do you can get it a bath and bodyworks!

    Really? Where is this place? Google maps brings up nothing (I'm in Edmonton).

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    ImperfectImperfect Toronto, Ontario, CanadaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    MarySue wrote: »
    Imperfect wrote: »
    Man, everything I've read about Hand Sanitizer that was from a reputable source makes 'em out to be basically an expensive and terrible hand lotion.

    *busts out the "I Work In A Hospital" Card, with attached "I Am Not Clinical Staff nor an Infection Control Specialist" rider*

    How to use hand sanitizer, the Mayo Clinic way! Bolded part is lo que mas importante.
    If you choose to use a commercially prepared hand sanitizer, make sure the product contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Then follow these simple steps:

    * Apply enough of the product to the palm of your hand to wet your hands completely.
    * Rub your hands together, covering all surfaces, for up to 25 seconds or until they're dry.

    Hm. Turns out it's been a good year or so since I've googled this. Colour me converted.

    That said, the > 60% thing is important (though the U of T sez 70% is best), and I remember many hand sanitizers from back during the H1N1 scare talking big about all the extra shit they had in them (Now with calamine lotion! Now with aloe! Now with Peruvian Earwax!), so this is probably where a great deal of my distrust comes from.

    Also, the vast majority of the articles I just dug up emphasized that hand sanitizer is NOT a replacement for washin' your damn hands. So all y'all who are planning on saniterizing it up (NOTE: that is not an actual word, but I do like it, so it stays), also stay clean and wash your damn hands.
    The above is stuff I don't feel that I should have to say, but many is the time I have walked out of a bathroom to see a dude go from the stall to the sanitizer to the door. Wash your frickin' HANDS, man!

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    MarySueMarySue Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    If you read the whole Mayo Clinic article, it says to wash your hands AND use hand sanitizer.

    ...Did I mention I was the purchasing person designated to the H1N1 Response Team last year? Worst three months of my life. I now have more knowledge about the efficacity and manufacture of masks, iso gowns, syringes, and hand sanitizer than you want me to start droning on about.

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    Angel177Angel177 Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Decius wrote: »
    Angel177 wrote: »
    Decius wrote: »
    Imperfect wrote: »
    Just wash your hands regularly, try to quit the habit of jamming your fingers in your eyes, nose, and mouth, and keep healthy.

    Looking at that makes me wish they made lime scented hand soap. I'd be all over that shit.

    they do you can get it a bath and bodyworks!

    Really? Where is this place? Google maps brings up nothing (I'm in Edmonton)Oh I KNOW!!!!wooo.

    At the moment there is one in WEM, one on south edmonton common nr Futureshop and Ikea and one in Kingsway mall!

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    ImperfectImperfect Toronto, Ontario, CanadaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    MarySue wrote: »
    If you read the whole Mayo Clinic article, it says to wash your hands AND use hand sanitizer.

    This has actually become my exact plan.
    ...Did I mention I was the purchasing person designated to the H1N1 Response Team last year? Worst three months of my life. I now have more knowledge about the efficacity and manufacture of masks, iso gowns, syringes, and hand sanitizer than you want me to start droning on about.

    Why was it so horrible, anyhow? Having never worked in a medical role, I can't imagine why planning for one catastrophe is worse than another. I'm genuinely curious now.

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    61Ranchero61Ranchero Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    3 PAX's going on four. Never done more than take a daily shower, wash my hands as needed, drink plenty of water and take a little extra vitamin C. I'm agnostic about hand sanitizer. I shake hands and exchange hugs where appropriate. I have not been sick yet.

    OTOH, I've seen people practically freak out about getting sick, tap hand sanitizer constantly, take tons of vitamins, refuse to touch their fellow humans and get sick anyway.

    Getting sick is part of the human experience. It will happen at some point. If you're especially susceptible for some reason then, sure, take extra precautions. Otherwise, why spend a significant portion of your time and be all weird about human contact just to avoid something that will happen eventually anyway? Just practice basic hygiene, drink water and don't jam your finger your finger up your neighbors nose.

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    MarySueMarySue Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Tangent ahoy!
    Imperfect wrote: »
    MarySue wrote: »
    ...Did I mention I was the purchasing person designated to the H1N1 Response Team last year? Worst three months of my life. I now have more knowledge about the efficacity and manufacture of masks, iso gowns, syringes, and hand sanitizer than you want me to start droning on about.

    Why was it so horrible, anyhow? Having never worked in a medical role, I can't imagine why planning for one catastrophe is worse than another. I'm genuinely curious now.

    The problem (from my point of view as a medical supply chain professional [read: I get the stuff the clinical staff needs to treat patients]) was that like most manufacturing industries, the medical supply manufacturing industry as a whole runs lean. They will only make enough supplies to fill expected orders. In the case of 'normal' catastrophes, those are usually isolated within a region-- product can be diverted from other areas to aid those affected by the crisis. With everyone and their auntie going to the doctor, and CDC/WHO directives demanding an increased use of isolation equipment to protect the health of our clinical staff, everyone was clamoring for more product. There was a global shortage on masks, iso gowns, and hand sanitizer. Please note the use of the word 'global', as in I reported to one clinical group, "If you get me to Mars, they might have some, but there are none available on planet Earth." I was literally in a race with the staff of 5700 other hospitals across the US to locate acceptable substitute items and stocks of supplies, and get the product ordered.

    I bought one of those plushie Giant Microbes in the H1N1 Swine Flu variety as the crazy started last year. People thought it was a trophy of some sort. I actually bought it so when I got frustrated I could drop kick it down the stairs.
    [/tangent]

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    MyDcmbrMyDcmbr PEWPEWPEW!!! America's WangRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Having worked in the SPD department of a lvl 3 Trauma center with over 900 IP beds, I can understand your frustration.

    Also, being certified to do BRC Decon in the spacesuit, I know all about Code Green preparedness. Nothing like being in the spacesuit outdoors in FL in June doing a drill to make you say "FML."

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    Mr_SnutsMr_Snuts Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Fist bumps eh? Last year I let strangers spit in my mouth for a greeting.

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    mostlyharmlessmostlyharmless Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    We could all just drink some alcohol. That should kill anything in our systems, right?

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    MJPMMJPM Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I wholeheartedly advocate the "Kid and Play".

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFSyBBglmpI

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    adesteradester Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    So that's where Bieber got his moves.

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    trickycooljtrickycoolj Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I hate to dredge this thread up one more time, but there is some crud going around Seattle right now. I just got layed out for 3-4 days with a fever and splitting headache. I'm on the mend and should be back at work tomorrow (we'll see how long I want to last in the office). No one around me in my circle of friends/co-workers/workout class has been sick and it just knocked me over like a ton of bricks Thursday afternoon. The doctor just said, yeah you've got the bug going around right now just be glad it's not the stomach one I'm seeing lately.

    So there ya go, take your vitamins, stay rested, don't let yourself get completely fatigued and for cryin' out loud stay clean. Sure sucked to get my twice a year illness the weekend before PAX.

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    AverageToasterAverageToaster Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I hate to dredge this thread up one more time, but there is some crud going around Seattle right now. I just got layed out for 3-4 days with a fever and splitting headache. I'm on the mend and should be back at work tomorrow (we'll see how long I want to last in the office). No one around me in my circle of friends/co-workers/workout class has been sick and it just knocked me over like a ton of bricks Thursday afternoon. The doctor just said, yeah you've got the bug going around right now just be glad it's not the stomach one I'm seeing lately.

    So there ya go, take your vitamins, stay rested, don't let yourself get completely fatigued and for cryin' out loud stay clean. Sure sucked to get my twice a year illness the weekend before PAX.

    You are right I normally get sick once a year but i seemed to get it 3 times in the past 2 months, heres to hoping it stays that way. But there is something going around these parts right now, dont know anyone who hasent been sick

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    EskimoDaveEskimoDave Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I only read the OP, but Morgan Webb is going to be there?

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    ImminentImminent Registered User new member
    edited August 2010
    Holy disturbed hypochondriacs batman! You couldn't just misdiagnose yourself on your own time alone in your own miserable world? Seattle isn't some sort of viral or bacterial lab on the face of the planet. There isn't anything here that you don't have swimming around your nasty bath tub or kitchen sink, mr. turbo. Chances are that you'll show up here with your own crap for which we'll thank you ahead of time for dropping off.

    Do everyone a favor and just stay home. Feel free to invite the rest of the specials too. Thanks.

    *Edit: No...no there isn't anything going around here any different than any where else. Sounds like someone doesn't know many, if any, people. Sorry, no, hypochondridiculatics allowed at PAX. Thanks again.*

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    skarsolskarsol Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    My weekend will be complete if you end up getting sick. :P Awesome first post!

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    ImperfectImperfect Toronto, Ontario, CanadaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Imminent wrote: »
    Holy disturbed hypochondriacs batman! You couldn't just misdiagnose yourself on your own time alone in your own miserable world? Seattle isn't some sort of viral or bacterial lab on the face of the planet. There isn't anything here that you don't have swimming around your nasty bath tub or kitchen sink, mr. turbo. Chances are that you'll show up here with your own crap for which we'll thank you ahead of time for dropping off.

    Do everyone a favor and just stay home. Feel free to invite the rest of the specials too. Thanks.

    *Edit: No...no there isn't anything going around here any different than any where else. Sounds like someone doesn't know many, if any, people. Sorry, no, hypochondridiculatics allowed at PAX. Thanks again.*

    Jesus, calm down. Dude was just trying to give a heads up that was passed along from his doctor, and you, sir (or ma'am), are violating Wheaton's Law.

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    theDireMuffintheDireMuffin Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Heh, I'm gonna continue to hug people - honestly, it's a helluva lot less skin contact than even fistbumps. :P

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