Thursday, September 3, 2009

The fluuuuuueeeeewwww

I'm teaching in a big class this semester, and the other prof just told me that we've already had 2-3 students let him know they have what is very likely to be H1N1. Since I'm in a high-risk group (gestation makes you something like 6X more likely to die, based on a general death rate of 1% but a death rate in pregnant women of like 6%), and slightly OCD as it is, this totally creeps me out. Every sneeze, cough and sniff I hear in class is going to give me the heebie jeebies, and I'll be bringing my hand sanitizer to keep myself as purified as possible. Still it's extremely likely I'll get inoculated by this environment, and I can only hope it doesn't happen until AFTER I've been able to get vaccinated WHICH ISN'T UNTIL OCTOBER at the earliest!! And when we had our big institutional presentation on H1N1 to the faculty it was not clear (because nobody knows yet) what we should be doing to avoid infection ourselves in the two months of school before the vaccine is available...

Yeecchhghghg, it just weirds me out and makes me feel like everything is dirty. We already showed our class the video on Doing It In Our Sleeves and I can only hope it sunk in!

5 comments:

Prof-like Substance said...

I think "Doing It On Our Sleeves" is the dirtiest thing you brought up. Sounds like bad fetish porn.

Natalie said...

A bio prof here in her fifth month is pulling out of her classes for the same reason. She just laid it out to the administration to see what would happen-and they said she could lay low until next semester (she's due Jan.1). This place just let in the largest class yet, and she was going to be teaching 1500+ students.

Arlenna said...

I'm kind of disturbed that the campus H1N1 expert who presented to us on the topic just completely brushed off my question about how those of us in high risk groups should proceed to 'get on the list' or whatever to protect ourselves. She just said "there is no 'list,' we don't know." and that was that.

Comrade PhysioProf said...

If the H1N1 mortality rate is truly 6% in pregnant women, and there are confirmed cases of H1N1 at your school, then you should tell your chair that you refuse to classroom teach until you have been vaccinated. Period.

Arlenna said...

As far as I can tell, this is where we are at in the risk assessment:
"On the basis of the number of deaths to June 23, 2009, the size of the increased mortality risk in pregnant women compared with that in the general population seems high (crude relative risk 7·7, 95% CI 3·3–16·7). The wide confidence interval, however, reflects the small number of cases on which the risk estimate is based."

from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6T1B-4WXYSYG-4&_user=29441&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=1001060118&_rerunOrigin=google&_acct=C000003858&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=29441&md5=a5f9cba2f09248840ad1abd34bcf7879

which other articles seem to be saying means "~6%"