It is not clear whether an infectious agent has to be "weaponized" in the high-tech, mass warfare, sense. Wouldn't it be effective to spread an agent more manually by direct application to salad bars? How about having someone in a coat check room at a restaurant apply the material to buttons, zipper pulls and collars? Any place where people leave garments unattended or in the care of persons they don't know is a vulnerability?
The salad bar is notorious as a source of problems for public health authorities. That is why the salad bars in many areas have "sneeze guards".
The other point of concern is the fast food restaurant's drink dispensers. They have free refills in our area. I have noticed that people tend to drink from the cup without a straw. Then, they push the tab for dispensing of the drink with the lid of the cup (where they just had their lips). Essentially, they are spreading the germs from their mouths to the tab. The next person then hits the exact same tab with their cup, spreading germs from the tab to the next person.
Dropping agent into ice containers or drinking cup dispensers is as much a concern as a salad bar.
posted on 03/16/2003 8:38:32 PM PST
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