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Swine flu morons strike Canberra

By johnboy 3 May 2009 59

The Canberra Times reports that Canberra is not immune to the swine flu idiocy sweeping the world.

    Chemists are struggling to keep up with demand for masks and anti-bacterial handwash as Canberrans become increasingly nervous about swine flu.

Good luck with your anti-bacterial treatments on a virus you cretins.

For avoiding the spread of all flus in general (which are killing a lot more people every hour than Mexican pig flu) we’re asked to wash our hands (normal soap is fine) and cover our mouthes when we cough. Which we should be doing anyway.

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Quokka 1:58 pm 09 May 09

For what it’s worth Australia can now join in the global palooza that is the Swine Flu outbreak with our very own confirmed case
http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSSP42762020090509

Must be about time for Today Tonight and A Current Affair to let us know that the sky is indeed falling and see if we can whip up some truly world-class hysteria.

Look out people, a mysterious new illness called “influenza” is on its way. Smoke ’em if you got ’em!

BerraBoy68 10:09 am 05 May 09

neanderthalsis said :

WHO has reported that the symptoms of the swine flu are easy to spot.

One of the early signs is that you break out in rashers…

LOL!

I heard yesterday it’s all Obama’s fault: Some one said that a black man will become President of the US when pigs fly, sure enough 100 days after being elected, ‘Swine Flu’!

neanderthalsis 10:03 am 05 May 09

WHO has reported that the symptoms of the swine flu are easy to spot.

One of the early signs is that you break out in rashers…

I had the flu once, bugger me I was crook! I used to get a lot of colds, too, but since going on a weight loss kick a few years ago get remarkably fewer than I used to.

I think the swine flu thing is a real beat up. Use basic hygiene and the chance of catching it is bugger all. Today I’m even more protected than usual, set up for a day of typing up a report at my dining room table with a nice autumny view, cups of tea and the brilliance of Satriani in the background.

ant 11:22 pm 04 May 09

eyeLikeCarrots said :

I have some ‘oinkment’ that will protect me from swine flu aporkalypse

God, you’re skirting the ragged edge of The Offal Thread.

MRJ 9:44 pm 04 May 09

jessieduck said :

MRJ could you be sexynotsmart’s Goddess? I would like something good to come from all this.

Doubting this. I’m a god.

Pesty 7:57 pm 04 May 09

barking toad said :

mexican babe flu is the new gorebull warming

LOL! Excellent comparisom

G-Fresh 5:31 pm 04 May 09

It’d have to be FOB’s buying up all the face masks.. Or old mate chippy needing a dust filter while he sands to back patio at Mrs Old Matey’s place

peterh 1:45 pm 04 May 09

eyeLikeCarrots said :

I have some ‘oinkment’ that will protect me from swine flu aporkalypse

just get some pork on your fork! when will it be the lamb flu? I want the price to be driven down by panic…

eyeLikeCarrots 1:09 pm 04 May 09

I have some ‘oinkment’ that will protect me from swine flu aporkalypse

Pseudo Nym 12:48 pm 04 May 09

Estimates I’ve read place the carbon cost of one round with the hand dryer as equivalent to 2 paper towels.

It really is 6 of one, half-dozen of the other.

peterh 12:20 pm 04 May 09

article i have received prior to the swine flu outbreak:

Hand washing and Hand drying
The key to hygienic hand washing is not just the use of soap and water but more importantly effective hand drying.

There are generally three methods of hand drying, they include hot air blowers, cloth cabinet roll towels and single sheet disposable paper towels.

Surprisingly, hot air blowers actually increase bacteria levels by up to 500%. It is the least effective hand drying solution. It’s unhygienic and unproductive to use a hot air blower in a food preparation environment.2

Most people do not dry their hands for long enough under a hot air blower. Damp, warm hands provide the perfect environment for bacteria to multiply. What’s more, bacteria can be found in and around the inlet and outlet nozzle, turning the blower into a “germ incubator”.1, 2

A fresh cabinet towel however, does reduce the level of bacteria from hands. But, once the towel is in use, bacteria is accumulated from other users. Cabinet towels can become ‘community towels’. Cross infection may occur when a portion of the towel is reused thus spreading bacteria to the hands and face. Cabinet towels operate on a ‘shared stock system’ therefore towel customers will be unaware as to who or what industry previously used the towel they currently have.1

Quite simply, the most effective hand drying method is the use of a single sheet disposable paper towel.

The rubbing or abrasive action of a paper towel actually removes high concentrations of bacteria from hands after washing. A paper towel is disposable and never shared. It allows you to dry the tips of your fingers, the web, palm and back of your hand with ease. Paper towels are easy to store and easily maintained. They remain the preferred method of effective hand drying in the food business.1, 2

Sources:
“Hand Drying Hygiene Facts” – University of Westminster.
“Evaluation of Risks Related to Microbiological Contamination of Ready-to-eat Food by Food Preparation Workers and the Effectiveness of Interventions to Minimise Those Risks”.
Jack Guzewich, RS, MPH. Marianne P. Ross, DVM, MPH. (1-29).

taco 12:10 pm 04 May 09

peterh said :

has anyone else wondered why they put warm air blowers in toilets to dry your hands and recontaminate them?

Because the warm air blowers don’t contaminate you and don’t result in piles of soggy paper that need to be cleaned up regularly?

Nothing like a bit of mass hysteria to validate the germophobes

I am a big believer in letting your immune system do it’s own thing

Deadmandrinking said :

Next we’ll be burning pigs. Did Egypt’s actions sound dramatically biblical to anyone.

According to a few articles I have read on Egypt’s pig slaughter is that it is actually a flimsy excuse for religious persecution of the Christian minority there, though re-enforced by the squalid conditions the pigs are raised in.

BerraBoy68 12:09 pm 04 May 09

peterh said :

has anyone else wondered why they put warm air blowers in toilets to dry your hands and recontaminate them?

Dry your hands?! Surley they’re there so I can turn the nozzle around to make sure my hair continues to look all wavy and natural…

Skidbladnir 11:59 am 04 May 09

peterh said :

has anyone else wondered why they put warm air blowers in toilets to dry your hands and recontaminate them?

Lower cost to property manager\owner (having someone march through the toilets and empty the bins would probably require more manhours on a cleaning roster, as compared to the bihourly scrubout) but they mask it behind hygeine\environmental pseudologic.

If you fall for ‘saving trees’ or ‘reducing chemicals in landfill’ or ‘reducing carbon footprint’ logic…

1) Yes, while it may involve preventing the deaths of a few specific trees, trees are the most straightfoward example of renewable biotic resources.
IE: We plant more trees to grow more trees to use those trees as cheap paper.

2) Your bleaches\dye\softener chemicals reaching landfill aren’t all that much of an issue when the paper towels are unbleached, uncoloured, coarse, and absorbent.

3) They are made from carbon dioxide, reconfigured into solid carbon, and break down into useful soil-carbon forms a ridiculously short amount of time, when compared to the electricity to produce the heat and blow the air coming less-than-environmentally friendly sources, which is a net airborne carbon dioxide producer, and geosequestration is still just “store a massive bubble of it underground for someone else to deal with”.
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peterh 11:38 am 04 May 09

has anyone else wondered why they put warm air blowers in toilets to dry your hands and recontaminate them?

Skidbladnir 11:26 am 04 May 09

Handwashing is great, so long as you don’t come in contact with a surface that was touched _prior_ to washing your hands, or by any people who don’t.
So the inside handle of the toilet door or turning the tap off are recontamination points.
But still a good start.

Then door handles, shaking hands, computer keyboards, bus tickets, etc all come into play.

peterh 11:21 am 04 May 09

washing your hands is a great way to combat sickness. Except in a public toilet, where the door has to be pulled to open it from the inside. urgh. or the warm air blowers to dry your hands – where exactly does the air come from? the toilet?

I use a brand of alcohol antibacterial gel. I have it in my home, and at work. The fact that i have 2 kids in nappies means that i would be doing this washing my hands business anyway…

jessieduck 10:41 am 04 May 09

MRJ could you be sexynotsmart’s Goddess? I would like something good to come from all this.

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