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Stomach flu?

Sucks. Hard.

Especially when you're on a deadline as it is, and can do absolutely nothing toward it for a day and a half or more.

Out of curiosity, anyone know about how long after symptoms start that you're giving off the infectious germs? And how long they can live outside the body? I'm trying to figure out just when I should do the Giant Lysol Hosedown of all my stuff, wash my sheets and pillows, etc., and whether or not I'm going to have to try to somehow disinfect the stack o' books I've been reading to get through it, or if I can just set them aside for a month or so until they're "safe."


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Dec. 29th, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC)
No, thankfully didn't puke on the books, managed to get it elsewhere. About how long should I let the books sit before handling them? Or if it's a virus, is this one of those things that once you catch the strain, you won't get it again ? And is there a way to tell really if it's a virus or bacteria?

Anyhow, I'm *hoping* it's not something taking up residence. *knocks on wood* The symptoms started up over 48 hours ago, and I'm feeling much improved, though I'm not pushing it with food and such. I almost gave myself a relapse by drinking some hot tea a bit too quickly last night, but now my fever seems to be almost gone, and I can get up and walk around for an extended time without feeling *too* uncomfortable.

Thanks for helping with the advice btw. ;)
Dec. 29th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
Frankly, pukey things are, it is my understanding, often some form of food poisoning. And therefore you're not terribly likely to catch it again unless you go licking the books, etc.

If it's not, and it's something with which you can in fact be reinfected, you probably still won't catch it from the books as long as you wash your hands after using them. I'd wash most everything else, though, just in case.
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