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Swine flu is spreading a new hands-off etiquette

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John Stevenson hasn't stopped patronizing the local gym, but after his workout, he is wiping down his machines with spray disinfectant and paper towels. Sales associate Janet Lininger is having customers swipe their own credit cards (she's relieved to have recently shifted from the intimate-apparel section to the far-less-cozy handbag department).

In ways both discreet and direct, serious and silly, Americans are refiguring their routines and bending their behavior in an attempt to stave off swine flu. Which raises the question: What is the social protocol in the age of a pandemic?
 
 

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