"Swine always beats gel" adage proven once again

by JGordon on Sep. 14th, 2010

Yet... this images suggests that swine and gel can live in harmony.
Yet... this images suggests that swine and gel can live in harmony.Courtesy Ollie Crafoord
Duh, right? I mean, of course swine conquers gel. We've all known that since we were kids; rock breaks scissors, scissors cuts paper, paper wraps swine, swine beats gel, gel covers rock. We all know the rules of the game.

But now there's additional research to prove that swine beats gel.

A recent study found that disinfectant hand gels, with "enhanced antiviral activity" (say what?), didn't significantly reduce infection rates of rhinovirus (the cold) or A/H1N1 (swine flu) in the test group over a period of two and a half months.

Infection rates were reduced somewhat, but not to the expected extent. (Out of 100 person groups of regular hand sanitizers and non-hand sanitizers, 42 sanitizers got the cold and 12 got swine flu, compared to 52 and 15, respectively, infected in the control group.)

However, it's not necessarily the case that viruses are simply body-slamming antimicrobials in the octagon cage of your hands. The results suggest that aerosol transmission of the viruses might be more significant than hand-to-hand transmission—those sneaky swine flu viruses might be bypassing the gel altogether by, that's right, flying.

Perhaps we have to take anti-infection measures to the next level.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Shana's picture
Shana says:

I sure wish this featured an original illustration by JGordon.

One that involved battling swine and gel.

posted on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 8:26am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

All I can think to draw is something that would look like a pig puking in reverse. And I think that would get me in trouble.

posted on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 8:35am
Shana's picture
Shana says:

This reminds me of the double-ended goat in Futurama.

I could see a pig with a gun shooting up a bottle of Purell?

posted on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 11:05am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Like this?

Image removed. But it was so, so good. Trust me.

posted on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 3:01pm

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