A polite librarian is a good librarian.
I know for a fact that we've got people using our facility on a daily basis who have incurable infections... I'm sure we're not alone in this.
I am not a librarian but am in Infection Control and what is as important as trying to keep work stations clean, an almost impossible task, is to have an alcohol based hand disinfectant (cleaner) available in a pump bottle available and to encourage the staff and patrons to disinfect their hands before and after use of keyboards etc. (Just like going to the gym.)This will protect the individual and the population in the library from MRSA.
Properly covering a cough or sneeze is also important in limiting the spread of some diseaes such as influenza. I attach a link to a reasonable clip http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8574515984097771637&q=ben+lounsbury This link was forwarded to me by my daughter a librarian.
I have worked in library A/V departments and video rental stores, including some of a more adult nature. We always took infection avoidance/protection very seriously.I agree with scant md, cleaning is very problematic. We use hospital grade disinfectants on surfaces and pumps of hand cleaner everywhere. The problem is most products take time to kill all the offending organisms listed on the container. It always looks better on paper.In the end it is the social skills of the patron that can really make a difference. Covering a sneeze and cough is a good thing, but it is even better if the culprit washes their hands after the incident.Gesundheit!
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