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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000153.txt from 2004/10

From: Diane Karius <>
Subj: Re: [kl] [clarinet] Re: [kl] Playing while sick
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2004 00:54:28 -0400

Correct David. Between the temperature and the lack
of moisture, many bacteria and viruses do not survive
for any length of time outside the body. There are
some exceptions. You're also right about the report
on the wood vs. plastic cutting boards - woods
apparently have a number of anti-bacterial compounds.

As others have noted as well, you should have some
degree of immmunity to prevent immediate reinfection.

--- "David B. Niethamer" <>

> This subject was discussed here some time ago. At
> that time I think I
> remember Diane Karius discussing the fact that wood,
> when it dries, no
> longer provides the warm, moist atmosphere necessary
> for these beasties
> (viruses and bacteria) to live. I also remember a
> study in which wooden
> cutting boards were tested against ceramic and
> plastic cutting boards
> to see which ones would allow food-borne bacteria to
> live longest.
> Interestingly enough, the wooden boards had a lower
> bacteria count
> after a few hours elapsed time than the plastic or
> ceramic boards did.
> So, if you remove the reed from the mouthpiece and
> dry it carefully, it
> should be fine tomorrow. Still, I make one reed the
> "sacrificial reed",
> play it until I feel better, then toss it.
> My unscientific $0.02 - Diane, correct me if I
> remember wrong.
> David
> David B. Niethamer
> if you get
> the digest.
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