Thanks everyone. Radeck, Steve and I have taken the precaution of not taking the cup at Holy Communion. Other than that, I started wiping down my telephone, desk, calculator, mouse, and keyboard at work with a bleach-based pre-moistened wipe. Unfortunately, I started too late. You see, I'm the one who gave Steve H1N1, and I'm sure I got it at work.
In late September, I prepared for the flight to Stanford with some antiseptic wipes and iodine ointment. Turns out the ointment was brown (not white iodine), so Steve wiped it off as soon as he put it on. The really hilarious thing is that I turned out to be the person on the plane that everyone was paranoid of. I started coughing and sneezing, couldn't stop, and just gave up and pulled my blouse collar up to cover/contain those obnoxious expulsions. I had symptoms that day and the next, and I took an OTC medication for the symptoms. After that, I had a gloppy throat for weeks and got more and more tired. Good news is that I'm over it now. Bad news is that I gave it to Steve.
If I had the time, I would hunt and hunt until I found some white iodine ointment or cream to swab around my nose and mouth. If I knew I would be in a situation where wearing a surgical mask was in order, I would soak it in an iodine solution first. After this flu killed so many at the end of WWI, researchers found that iodine worked better than anything else available to prevent the infection.
Joyce (aka cypriane)~caregiver and advocate in Dallas for Steve (SPMS)----"Enter through the narrowgate..."