- Feb 8, 2012
Well I don't really know what else I could do, but I would do everything I can to minimise the risk. We don't have to open or touch any gates to get into the yard. I could even ask someone to move some hay out the field and put somewhere. I could then drive round a back way and sneak over the fence there. But that would involve touching the fence. I think it's equine influenza that can travel something like 5 miles in optimum conditions. So it would be a huge worry but I think some people are going to have to leave their houses regardless so hopefully would be able to get some advice regarding it.That's my position (no one else to do them really) I've no idea if it could still be spread by doing as you suggest, I think that's the big worry with it as no one really understands how it is spread currently. There was a study reported recently (in the last 24 hours) that it can live in the air for 2-3 hours, on cardboard for 24 hours and on stainless steel and plastic for 2-3 days. I guess potentially if you are infected it could be on anything coming out of your house on you including your ppe, touching door handles, gate handles, taps and goodness knows what else, even if you avoid touching shared things. Could it then areosolise from those things? I'd guess low chance, but who knows! It's unlikely though, right?