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Re: My Apologies
zeeglen   9/2/2014 4:53:29 PM
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@Max I'm certainly not thinking happy thoughts with regard to the parents of that little girl

Wonder how many others from that flight are also in as miserable a state?

One (of many) things that impressed me on some visits to Toyko a few years back were that riders on the commuter trains would wear surgical masks if they had a cough - they did this out of respect for others if they thought they might be contagious.

It might work the other way around too - keep a surgical mask in your carry-on next time you have to share a plane with a hacker (the wheezing and coughing type, not the software type) and wear it.  Or take two along, and offer one to the germ-spreader.

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Re: Real-time health checks
antedeluvian   9/2/2014 4:35:44 PM
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Max

I cannot wait for the time that they can perform real-time health checks at airports -- a little prick of the finger

Certain airports have pyrometers aimed at the passengers to see if anyone has a fever. I have seen them at Hong Kong and Johannesburg and I think at a pedestrian entry to mainland China through Hong Kong. I have never seen anyone stopped though.

and they thery say "you can get on -- but you have to come back next week" ...


Two problems- you are ascribing a degree of accuracy to medical diagnosis which I don't think exists and I am sure the airline will want compensation for changing the ticket- do you know how much that costs?!!

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Re: Zinc
elizabethsimon   9/2/2014 4:21:17 PM
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In my experience, zinc appears to be helpful in reducing the length and severity of symptoms provided that you take it at the first sign of illness. It doesn't hurt to take it on exposure...

The other thing that I would think useful is wearing a mask. Ideally the person doing the coughing should be the one wearing the mask but perhaps adding a few to the travel kit might be a good idea.

 

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Re: My Apologies
Max The Magnificent   9/2/2014 3:30:59 PM
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@antedeluvian: ...but wasn't very contagious. I didn't cross-pollinate anyone, to my knowledge.

Well, that's good news -- I'm certainly not thinking happy thoughts with regard to the parents of that little girl (said Max, sternly)

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Re: My Apologies
antedeluvian   9/2/2014 3:28:08 PM
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max

Tell me it was allergies

I wish I could, since you obvioulsy remember my description of my suffering with Sinusitis. But it was diagnosed as a virus- "live with it". It lasted about 6 weeks, but wasn't very contagious. I didn't cross-pollinate anyone, to my knowledge.

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Zinc
antedeluvian   9/2/2014 3:23:47 PM
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My father-in-law always swore by zinc. Others say similar things- but it may be nothing but an old wives' tale. I have not tried it.

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Re: My Apologies
Max The Magnificent   9/2/2014 3:23:04 PM
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@antedeluvian: The guy who coughed all the way from Johannesburg to Munich (11 hours), 3 hours at Munich Airport and Munich to Toronto (8 hours) was me!.

Tell me it was allergies

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Real-time health checks
Max The Magnificent   9/2/2014 3:22:14 PM
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I cannot wait for the time that they can perform real-time health checks at airports -- a little prick of the finger and they thery say "you can get on -- but you have to come back next week" ...

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My Apologies
antedeluvian   9/2/2014 3:16:05 PM
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The guy who coughed all the way from Johannesburg to Munich (11 hours), 3 hours at Munich Airport and Munich to Toronto (8 hours) was me!. My apologies to all on the flights.

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Blowing a Tuba
Max The Magnificent   9/2/2014 3:02:08 PM
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The term "The Dreaded Lurgy" originates from an episode of the 1950s radio comedy "The Goon Show" in which an epidemic of "The Dreaded Lurgi" was said to be about to sweep across Britain.

It turned out that the lurgi was in fact a ficitious disease created by brass instrument makers who had claimed that no brass band player had ever died of the lurgi (thereby increasing sales hugely).

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