I love microbiology and am interested in taking a course this year but there is one thing that is keeping me from taking it. I am concerned about getting sick from dealing with germs in the lab. I want to know if someone has gotten sick, be it a mild disease, from the lab work or i am just over-reacting and its not a big threat.
You can say i am kind of a germophobe but i do get ill pretty easily especially diarhea from eating a little "dirty" food while my brother, friends etc. stay totally fine from eating the same food. By dirty i mean slightly under-cooked or fast foods, food from low-quality restaurants etc.. So maybe other people in the lab would be fine while i may get sick. Just curious if after all the precautions will i still end up getting some bacteria or germs on me ?, i read about the endospores and spores that some bugs produce that are easily air-dispersed so is it possible to avoid them.
So what do you think should i take the course or pursue something different ?. I know i love microbiology, i read a few books my friend gave me and found it very interesting until reading about the fungus spores and viruses like ebola and marburg viruses which really gave me the scare. They were interesting though but i am scared of contacting a deadly disease because of my interest of working with them.
Sorry for the long post but i really don't want to end up regretting it, the college won't be refunding the fees once i enroll so i am thinking really hard about it and would need some advice.
You won't get sick from micro. There's nothing in micro class that doesn't already exist in the world pretty much everywhere you go. If you are worried just make sure you wash your hands thoroughly. Use gloves each time. Do your laundry right after class, or don't bring your lab coat into your house. Take your shoes off before you track everything from the lab floor onto your carpet at home. Sterilize everything you use. Use your amphyl regularly. Clean your lab area and chair before and after. Shower immediately when you get come from class. I guess if you really are worried you could wear a mask.
Also, if I were you I would find out why I get sick so easily. Could it be irritable bowel syndrome? Is there something wrong with your intestinal flora? I would definitely get that checked out especially if you're going to pursue a career in microbiology.
Last edit by lauraline on Apr 20, '13