Quote from multicollinearity
I've stopped washing my hands so much and caring so much about avoiding bugs. Today at the mall I touched a bazillion things, I ran my hands all along the grab handle on the escalator, and then went and ate tacos with my bare fingers. I'm trying, LOL.
The tone is exaggerated for humor, but I essentially agree with the basic idea. I am Jeckyl/Hyde with this in my personal and professional lives; hygienically hyper-vigilant to the point of obsessive in my professional role as NICU RN. I have clashed with my unit hierarchy regarding personal use of ppe and it's use by families. Me and my fellow nurses are of one mind in wishing we could require much stricter IC precautions, which have been greatly reduced in the name of "family-centered" care.
However, in my personal life, I embrace the concept that there can be such a thing as "overly hygenic." The immune system exists to be challenged. I live by the rules of personal hygiene my mother taught me as a lad: wash hands before eating, after the bathroom, cover coughs and sneezes, etc. etc. No antiseptic wipes on the shopping cart handle (and don't lick it, either). You can smooch your dog on the head, just don't make out with it. You don't need to rub cal-state on your hands every 5 minutes (again, completely different story at work).
Quote from lamazeteacher
No, psychonaut, this is where anger about inappropriate actions taken by a student nurse, Multicollinearis, was criticized by an infection control oriented, aware Public Health Nurse. That callous viewpoint expressed in post #4 of this thread, demonstrates how social consciousness needs to be inspired in nursing education, and those without it, who purposely cause illness in the unsuspecting public, need to be chastised.
I hope that the student realised the impulsive errors she made, and that it was done due to selfishness, immaturity, and lack of regard for requirements that public health policies/protocols implemented during a pandemic, demand. I suggested that she obtain counseling, and certainly hope that she follows that lead. However I realize that untoward reaction formation could occur in someone so self involved and irresponsible.
Snideness followed by a smiling icon = passive aggressive to me, but whatever.
You all could be right, p95 masks and ppe may be required to go pick up some McDs in the drive through, and those of us that think you have gone off the deep end may be leading us all to the end of civilization as we know it (see, exaggeration to make a point, I can do it too). I've read Stephen King's "The Stand" probably 4-5 times in my life, I guess I should know better.
This flu situation bears watching, but as things stand now, I won't be queing up for flu vaccines or Tamiflu. More for the rest of you!
EDIT: ...and I realize I'm helping to steer this thread off topic, so I won't belabor my point any further here. I'll leave you to your Pande-noia (ha!) in peace.