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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-20-2005, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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How is a virus contracted

I know I've asked a similar question before but this is one thing that I get mixed opinions on from people.

When you are in the same environment with a sick person what does it take to get what they have? Can you simply get it by breathing the same air or do they have to cough or sneeze to make the virus airborne?

The thing is that my girlfriend feels like she is starting to get sick. If I refrain from kissing her, can I still get what she has simply by being close to her or hugging her, kissing her cheek or neck? I did see her for a short time yesterday. Could she have already been carrying the virus and so would I have it myself even though I have no symptoms yet?

Just trying to find out what my risk is in the hopes of avoiding any sickness. Thanks for any input.
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-20-2005, 02:13 PM
 
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Different viruses are contracted differently. Some from bodily fluids and blood some are airborn, etc. Just breathing, you can catch something or by touching something the person has touched. Or if she rubbs her eyes and you hold her hand. The best way not to contract what ever virus, the majority of them, is the refrain from kissing her, have her wash her hands as much as possible, avoid close contact, even her breathing on you, don't drink after her, etc. She could sneeze or blow her nose even in a tissue and you can get it through the air, so if it's that important to you, I would take all those precautions plus. I don't even bother too much with hubby and visa versa.
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Did you guys know that when Howie Mandell is a germaphobe.
He built his own guest house on his property so that when one of his family members gets ill....he goes to live in it.
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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-20-2005, 02:35 PM
 
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have her wash her hands as much as possible,.
good advice.....Also wash your hands often. Right now so many people have this that you could pick it up just about anywhere. It may not even be your girlfriend that you get it from.

My sister had kidney disease and I gave her a kidney. It was important that she didn't get sick, of course. The main advice the doctors gave her was to "wash her hands often."

Try to not get stressed out too much, eat rght and get enough sleep. It may not keep you from getting it, but you may not get it as bad.

Good luck

You know I was wondering if our cats can catch these kind of viruses from us?
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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-20-2005, 02:38 PM
 
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Oh I am all about washing hands....
My hands are dry and cracked from hand washing because
right now I have 2 in diapers....

Oh and clip those fingernails and scrub under them with a toothbrush.
That is what we do in our house!
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Oh I am all about washing hands....
My hands are dry and cracked from hand washing because
right now I have 2 in diapers....!
I remember those days My hands were so cracked they were bleeding sometimes I shouldn't laugh, it really hurts...

Burt"s Bees hand salve works pretty good for that.
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Oh I am all about washing hands....
My hands are dry and cracked from hand washing because
right now I have 2 in diapers....!
I remember those days My hands were so cracked they were bleeding sometimes I shouldn't laugh, it really hurts...

Burt"s Bees hand salve works pretty good for that.
Burt's Bees hand salve is a lifesaver!!!

Really, how you get sick is dependent on your immunity. If your immunity is low no matter how careful you are you will get sick.
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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-20-2005, 05:39 PM
 
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Really, how you get sick is dependent on your immunity. If your immunity is low no matter how careful you are you will get sick.
Too true...
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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-20-2005, 06:11 PM
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Honestly Richo, you sure you aren't getting just a little obsessive about this? Just take what reasonable precautions you can and then don't worry about what you can't control.

As the others have noted, there are just too many variables to really give you any good idea of the odds.
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You could build a guest house!
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