Firstly huge apologies for starting another swine 'flu thread - I couldn't really see where this question fitted and I'm genuinely quite worried at the moment. Mods, please feel free to move/combine/delete it.
I know that asthmatics are no more likely than anyone else to get swine 'flu but that it can be more dangerous if we do get it. I'm very unwell at the moment with my asthma, just about managing 50% PEF (being very very closely monitored by consultant) and for the first time, worried about getting swine 'flu (or anything else, I suppose, because it's likely to totally knock me).
The trouble is, I live in a traditional student hall of residence (shared bathrooms, toilets, kitchens, eating meals together) and we have three cases. The other students haven't been told to avoid mass panic (although suddenly there's lots of posters about symptoms up and hand gels appearing everywhere(!)) , but the hall managers took me aide and let me know because I'm unwell and they're keeping a close eye on me anyway.
My question is how contagious is it actually. I don't know which students are involved, although I assume I would have been told if they were on my corridor (and I haven't heard any coughing etc here) but we do all come into close contact through meals, communal areas etc. I'm being absolutely meticulous about hand washing and only choosing food eaten with a knife/fork etc rather than fingers - is there anything else I can do and is there any need to worry or am I probably exposed to a greater risk when travelling on public transport?
I'd be grateful for any reassurance.