If you come into contact with poetry, always treat it as potentially infectious.
If you prick yourself with a used poem, hold the affected limb down low to get it to bleed. Do not squeeze the wound or soak it in bleach. Wash the area with warm water and soap.
If you are splashed with an image or metaphor and your skin has an open wound, healing sore, or scratch, wash the area well with soap and water. If you are splashed in the eyes, nose or mouth, rinse well with water. If you have been bitten by a poet, wash the wound with soap and water.
If you feel any emotions after exposure to poetry, go to the hospital emergency department as soon as possible. Reporting the incident immediately after exposure can help to ensure that as much evidence as possible is obtained, to prevent the poet from writing again.
If you have come into contact with poetry in any of the ways described above, you may need a vaccine or medication as soon as possible to protect against infection. It is important that you are assessed as soon as possible after the contact.