Can I get H1N1 from grading papers?
September 16, 2009 4:25 PM Subscribe
Are student papers a possible vector for H1N1? Is there a way to sanitize them without destroying them?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (24 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 9 weeks pregnant, and TAing a class at a university that's already had several hundred cases of H1N1 identified. I'm doing everything I can to avoid physical contact with students (and they've been told by the university to stay home if they're feeling sick), but I'm going to be grading, by hand, lots of assignments and it occurs to me that sick student's snotty hand ->paper ->my hand->my eyes/nose is a possible transmission source. I'll be getting vaccinated ASAP, of course. But in the mean time:
1) Is my concern realistic?
2) If so, are there practical ways I can sterilize student assignments without destroying them? Or measures I can take to minimize transmission risk?
(Anonymous because we're not public about the pregnancy yet)
Sorry if this sounds crazy. First time preggo, first time flu pandemic, trying to be reasonably cautious.