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Old 07-29-2009, 04:15 AM   #1
Join Date: Jul 2009
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john1236 HB User
Worrying about H1N1 Infection

Hi, everyone!

My question may seem to be a little ridiculous to you. But before getting a definite answer, I've been worrying about it and don't know what to do.

About one month ago when I bought I laptop computer, the technician coughed again and again toward the keyboard and screen when he was installing some softwares.

In a period when swine flu was spreading worldwide, I was afraid of the possible fact that his saliva, which might contain the H1N1 virus, was splashed onto the keyboard and screen. Therefore, I've up to now packed the laptop into its original box and put it at the corner my living room, daring not to open it. The room is on the ground floor and is a little wet. The temperature of that corner, I guess, is about 18-25 centigrade.

It is now about one month after I bought the laptop. Nobody in my family has up to now been infected with the swine flu. As for the technican , I have no evidence to prove or rule out the possibility that he was infected when coughing.

With the above information, I can hardly judge whether H1N1 virus exist on my computer now, as I'm by no means a specialist in infectious diseases. At least I cannot fully rule out the possibility.

Can anyone tell me if it is ABSOLUTELY safe to open the box and use the laptop now? Is is possibles that other utensils in my room is already polluted by the virus because the box containing the laptop has been put in the room?
If the laptop can be used now, do I need to sterilize it after opening the box? If so, what is the best way to sterilize it?

Thank you very much!

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