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(Medpage Today)   We've been told masks are ineffective against Covid-19, but what about gloves? If we're concerned about touching door knobs this seems like a no brainer   (medpagetoday.com) divider line
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2020-03-11 9:44:22 AM  
Entering the grocery store yesterday, near the doors, I noticed a roll of the plastic bags they put out in the raw meat section and thought it was peculiar until i got further inside and noticed that people were wearing them on their hands as a glove substitute. It was kinda surreal. I'm staring to feel like we're living in the opening montage sequence of a pathogen/zombie apocalypse movie.
 
2020-03-11 9:58:35 AM  
Don't touch your face. While you're at it, don't think about pink elephants. This is stupid advice and all but impossible.

Yep. My friends and I tried to not touch our own faces at the bar and each of us was caught within like a minute.

Then we touched each other's faces and coughed on each other. Like every night at the bar.
 
2020-03-11 10:01:16 AM  
Vaccination will likely stop you from catching the flu, and, even if you do get it, the vaccine makes it much, much less likely that you will die. Coronavirus causes "flu-like symptoms," so, if you are not inoculated against influenza and you get sick, exhibiting those symptoms will mean you have to be ruled out as a new coronavirus patient.

I understand the reasoning but you can still get the flu after getting the flu shot - even the same strain you were vaccinated against.
 
2020-03-11 10:09:41 AM  

UberDave: Vaccination will likely stop you from catching the flu, and, even if you do get it, the vaccine makes it much, much less likely that you will die. Coronavirus causes "flu-like symptoms," so, if you are not inoculated against influenza and you get sick, exhibiting those symptoms will mean you have to be ruled out as a new coronavirus patient.

I understand the reasoning but you can still get the flu after getting the flu shot - even the same strain you were vaccinated against.


In other words, Vaccination will likely stop you from catching the flu.
 
2020-03-11 10:48:59 AM  
My corner grocery store has gone full hazmat zone.  All staff with gloves and mask.  Hosing down checkouts and self checkouts with sanitizer.  The purell wipes stand by the carts but that's always been there.  Big bottles of hand sanitizer at every register.  My county has had two confirmed cases.  Trust me I'm not complaining, I wish they did this all the time.

Also they had unpacked cases of TP stacked up by the registers.
 
2020-03-11 10:55:55 AM  

FarkingSmurf: Trust me I'm not complaining, I wish they did this all the time.


Amen, and I'm not even a germaphobe. People are disgusting at the best of times, pandemics or not.
 
2020-03-11 10:57:05 AM  
"Coronavirus causes "flu-like symptoms," so, if you are not inoculated against influenza and you get sick, exhibiting those symptoms will mean you have to be ruled out as a new coronavirus patient."

What the actual fark? "Oh, you didn't get the flu shot, so clearly, you just have the flu?" Could you encourage the spread any more than that? Justing itching for the malpractice suits? Not even going to actually run an influenza test?
 
2020-03-11 10:59:58 AM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: Justing itching for the malpractice suits?


Never mind. The author is a forensic pathologist. She can't kill her patients, they're already dead.
 
2020-03-11 11:03:35 AM  

AliceBToklasLives: UberDave: Vaccination will likely stop you from catching the flu, and, even if you do get it, the vaccine makes it much, much less likely that you will die. Coronavirus causes "flu-like symptoms," so, if you are not inoculated against influenza and you get sick, exhibiting those symptoms will mean you have to be ruled out as a new coronavirus patient.

I understand the reasoning but you can still get the flu after getting the flu shot - even the same strain you were vaccinated against.

In other words, Vaccination will likely stop you from catching the flu.


Sorry, I should have been more specific.  I really don't know what they are doing but was merely curious.  If you have *had* the flu shot and *still* get the flu, do you go through some special processing or something?  Do they admit you to the hospital or something as you are not "ruled out" as having the coronavirus?

My family had the Type A vaccine in October and my wife got Type A two weeks ago.  I had it with mild symptoms and no fever and my son had nothing.  But my wife went the doctor and was diagnosed, given prescriptions and sent on her way.  I'm just wondering if they are doing something different now or still treating it as "well, lets see if you have the flu".
 
2020-03-11 11:10:27 AM  

UberDave: AliceBToklasLives: UberDave: Vaccination will likely stop you from catching the flu, and, even if you do get it, the vaccine makes it much, much less likely that you will die. Coronavirus causes "flu-like symptoms," so, if you are not inoculated against influenza and you get sick, exhibiting those symptoms will mean you have to be ruled out as a new coronavirus patient.

I understand the reasoning but you can still get the flu after getting the flu shot - even the same strain you were vaccinated against.

In other words, Vaccination will likely stop you from catching the flu.

Sorry, I should have been more specific.  I really don't know what they are doing but was merely curious.  If you have *had* the flu shot and *still* get the flu, do you go through some special processing or something?  Do they admit you to the hospital or something as you are not "ruled out" as having the coronavirus?

My family had the Type A vaccine in October and my wife got Type A two weeks ago.  I had it with mild symptoms and no fever and my son had nothing.  But my wife went the doctor and was diagnosed, given prescriptions and sent on her way.  I'm just wondering if they are doing something different now or still treating it as "well, lets see if you have the flu".


Yeah, that's an important question. I just wanted to make sure no one was under the impression that the flu shot is either foolproof or useless. Everyone who can should get it, as it will lessen the chances of getting the flu and even if you get the flu it can make it less powerful.

But as far as testing and policies are concerned, I don't know. It would be nice if the powers-that-be had consistent messaging, but there's little hope for that happening.
 
2020-03-11 11:23:51 AM  

AliceBToklasLives: UberDave: AliceBToklasLives: UberDave: Vaccination will likely stop you from catching the flu, and, even if you do get it, the vaccine makes it much, much less likely that you will die. Coronavirus causes "flu-like symptoms," so, if you are not inoculated against influenza and you get sick, exhibiting those symptoms will mean you have to be ruled out as a new coronavirus patient.

I understand the reasoning but you can still get the flu after getting the flu shot - even the same strain you were vaccinated against.

In other words, Vaccination will likely stop you from catching the flu.

Sorry, I should have been more specific.  I really don't know what they are doing but was merely curious.  If you have *had* the flu shot and *still* get the flu, do you go through some special processing or something?  Do they admit you to the hospital or something as you are not "ruled out" as having the coronavirus?

My family had the Type A vaccine in October and my wife got Type A two weeks ago.  I had it with mild symptoms and no fever and my son had nothing.  But my wife went the doctor and was diagnosed, given prescriptions and sent on her way.  I'm just wondering if they are doing something different now or still treating it as "well, lets see if you have the flu".

Yeah, that's an important question. I just wanted to make sure no one was under the impression that the flu shot is either foolproof or useless. Everyone who can should get it, as it will lessen the chances of getting the flu and even if you get the flu it can make it less powerful.


Oh, for sure.  My wife was totally out of it for a day and kind of lounged about for another day but could move around.  She was back working on day 3.  The doctor said that if she didn't have that flu shot, it would have took her down for 1-2 weeks at least.
 
2020-03-11 12:48:01 PM  

UberDave: Vaccination will likely stop you from catching the flu, and, even if you do get it, the vaccine makes it much, much less likely that you will die. Coronavirus causes "flu-like symptoms," so, if you are not inoculated against influenza and you get sick, exhibiting those symptoms will mean you have to be ruled out as a new coronavirus patient.

I understand the reasoning but you can still get the flu after getting the flu shot - even the same strain you were vaccinated against.


AND the flu shot can also cause mild flu-like symptoms.

I've been foregoing flu shots for a couple of decades now (seems that I am allergic to something in the vaccines, or something in them opens the door to common cold pathogens and a yearly flu shot meant a minimum of one cold per month, often several back-to-back ones). Since then, each year, I have gotten a mild flu once each year during flu season. But almost no colds (maybe two per year, if that).

But I damned well got a pneumonia vaccine several weeks ago, when this coronavirus thing started trending.
 
2020-03-11 12:50:52 PM  

FarkingSmurf: My corner grocery store has gone full hazmat zone.  All staff with gloves and mask.  Hosing down checkouts and self checkouts with sanitizer.  The purell wipes stand by the carts but that's always been there.  Big bottles of hand sanitizer at every register.  My county has had two confirmed cases.  Trust me I'm not complaining, I wish they did this all the time.

Also they had unpacked cases of TP stacked up by the registers.


I can understand reasonable amounts of TP. Got the runs from Covid-19 and no TP? Just kill me now.

But if you bought two years worth of TP, unless you got a killer bulk discount you just panic-bought.
 
2020-03-11 1:37:03 PM  

Harlee: FarkingSmurf: My corner grocery store has gone full hazmat zone.  All staff with gloves and mask.  Hosing down checkouts and self checkouts with sanitizer.  The purell wipes stand by the carts but that's always been there.  Big bottles of hand sanitizer at every register.  My county has had two confirmed cases.  Trust me I'm not complaining, I wish they did this all the time.

Also they had unpacked cases of TP stacked up by the registers.

I can understand reasonable amounts of TP. Got the runs from Covid-19 and no TP? Just kill me now.

But if you bought two years worth of TP, unless you got a killer bulk discount you just panic-bought.


Well I didn't buy any, flushable wipes all the way and I'm all stocked up.
 
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