(Closed) Oh.My.Gosh. The designer and her staff all have the swine flu …

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Hm I would definitely see how long the shelf life so to speak is of it.  (i.e. how long it can survive outside of the body).  It probably isn’t more than a few hours or a day, so living within the mail package probably killed it, but I sure as heck would be doing research on it!!

Post # 4
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

If they’re just mailing it to you, I wouldn’t worry about it.

I’m kind of terrified, though – one of my kids at the high school I intern at caught the swine flu…he went home sick with the flu on Tuesday and I had just him in class on Monday – eep!! I feel fine right now, but I’m so worried I’m going to get sick…

Post # 5
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010


How long can influenza virus remain viable on objects (such as books and doorknobs)?Studies have shown that influenza virus can survive on environmental surfaces and can infect a person for 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on the surface

How long can an infected person spread this virus to others?People infected with seasonal and 2009 H1N1 flu shed virus and may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to 5 to 7 days after. This can be longer in some people, especially children and people with weakened immune systems and in people infected with the new H1N1 virus.

i think youre more at risk of getting something via the number of people at the post office handling your items than a swatch thru the mail but i wouldnt be in a rush to go see them unless they are not longer infectious




Post # 6
7053 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am silly, but I’d send it to be dry cleaned because heat kills some bacteria.  I’d also (from several feet away) spray the garments with lysol spray.  Not enough to damage the fabric of the garment, but just enough to get it on the surface.  Then I’d let it set for a day or so.

I’m a mom and we do wacky stuff like this. 

Post # 7
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

@bellenga: i was thinking of lysoling the thing but then thought wait i’m a little mommy ocd today lol!!!

Post # 8
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

It’s not irrational. However I think that the chances of them sneezing on the fabric swatches is unlikely. 

Do what you feel makes you safe.

Post # 9
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I just got over the swine flu and neither my roommate nor my fiance got it! It’s really harder to catch than you think–I read something that said basically, it’s nearly impossible to catch unless you touch your eye. So open the envelope along the side (don’t actually touch anything they may have licked!), wash your hands/hand sanitize after and you’re fine! Really!

Post # 10
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I work with middle school kids.  On any given day, 5 of them are out with swine flu.  I have yet to catch it.  Not saying that I won’t get it eventually, but it must be harder to get infected than one thinks.

And seriously, no dry cleaning or lysol.  Viruses cannot live that long on surfaces, definitely not more than a day!

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