5 second rule is bullshit.
Related to this point, I recently met a woman who had spent a year in Antarctica working as a doctor on one of the bases there. She said that one of the great things about it was that there were no infectious illnesses going around. No colds, no flu, no nothing, since they were a relatively small group (a few…
Me too. I'm just going to believe that I was injected with magic.
Thank you! Yes, my infection was resistant to...seven? Eight? separate antibiotics, before they found one that worked (and I found out I'm allergic to vancomycin! Yay for me! :P)
I'm pouring one out tonight for my lone, ineffectual pock.
Alas, I had a feeling that was true.
Yay! I got one because I was born in a different country. I should be good for like, 2 more years, approximately. Wheeeeeeee! If that thing is going to escape and cause problems, I would like it to do so within the next year.
Omg. Airborne ebola.
Damnit. They told us it would last forever!
Do you think it really works to try to strengthen the immune system and/or preemptively try to get a jump on germs via something like Emergen-C?
What would be the most likely disease we are aware of currently that could wipe out a large portion of the population very quickly?
In theory, would my smallpox vaccination still give me some kind of limited immunity, or does it wear off completely?
what are some truly insidious, sit-around-and-wait kinds of diseases that you've seen/know about? I know there are some that lie in wait for years and then BLAMMO! They rear their ugly little heads.
I work in a large city, which brings with it a whole series of interesting disease potential, including those previously restricted to less urban areas. What, of the three listed below, should I worry about the most?
Have you ever participated in a mock epidemic preparedness situation?
Ah, ebola, the little virus that got me interested in infectious diseases as a wee lass. <3
Thanks! If it weren't such a pressing question, I would've saved it for your AMA. Maybe I'll feel better tomorrow and you can tell me about all the potential pathogens I exposed myself to!
It's the same lovely little devil that attracted me to infectious disease ages ago, when I said I wanted to be like the "virus hunters" of the CDC! I ended up focusing on TB for my graduate work, but pined for the little guy you posted above.
Yep. The "shepherd's crook" is quite distinctive. That other one looks quite adorable heh.