Swine Flu: Bye Bye?

May 13, 2009 at 10:10 Leave a comment

Two weeks on, and people have just about lost interest in the swine flu. There have been no cases in Singapore. Deaths have not occurred in droves. DORSCON status has been dropped from orange to yellow. Doctors can change postings as originally planned.

I get the impression that Asian precautions have been more stringent than Western ones. China is a prime example (Mexican? Canadian? American? I QUARANTINE YOU!). There was an element of hysteria in Singapore as well. Where I was, healthcare workers were ‘encouraged’ to stop eating at the hospital cafeteria because of all the dirty looks from the visiting public… many of whom, I have to say, were not even wearing their own masks properly.

It feels a little silly to think of the thousands of healthcare workers across the country, sweating and stifling in masks and gowns, when there hasn’t even been a single local case. I suppose the goal was to NOT be the person involved if and when the first case leaked through. Whoever and wherever it happened would have had to endure much finger-wagging.

The difference now is that many other countries are relaxing their alerts. That being the case, it would be dumb of us to continue as if this was SARS, because it simply isn’t. 

All the same, I do appreciate that the government was aiming to be safe rather than sorry. A cavalier attitude would have been inexcusable, particularly after SARS.

So the bottomline seems to be that the H1N1 virus is milder than previously thought. As such, it is destined to follow the course of most flus – inevitable spread around the world, with the usual sequelae of recovery in most and death in a few. Flus will always claim some victims among the very young, the very old, and the immunocompromised.

What I am not sure about is: should we be patting ourselves on the back that nothing happened, or feeling embarrassed that we freaked out and went emergency grocery shopping?

And, as I return to the Fruit Farm tomorrow, if it will be a homecoming, or the beginning of a spell in purgatory.  

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Hogfather (Terry Pratchett)

Books read in 2010 and 2011

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling) - 'cos the movie's coming out!
Frankenstein: Lost Souls (Dean Koontz) - ah, bugger, it's part of a series! Now I hafta find all the books...
Dismantled (Jennifer McMahon) - oh, good one
Tigerlily's Orchids (Ruth Rendell)
Shutter Island (Dennis LeHane) - reminds me too much of work
Holy Fools (Joanne Harris) - it's official: I prefer her scary books
A Series of Unfortunate Events; The Unauthorized Autobiography; The Beatrice Letters (Lemony Snicket)
The Little Friend (Donna Tartt)
The main books - 11 so far - of the Southern Vampire series; the Aurora Teagarden series except for A Fool & His Honey - that makes it 7; Sweet & Deadly (Charlaine Harris)
The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)
Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King)
Room: A Novel (Emma Donaghue)
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
The Bachman Books (Stephen King)
Men At Arms (Terry Pratchett)
Carpe Jugulum (Terry Pratchett)
The Fifth Elephant (Terry Pratchett)
Beauty (Robin McKinley)
The Sandman, Vol 1 (Neil Gaiman)
The Burden (Agatha Christie) - her crime novels are waaay better
Snuff (Terry Pratchett)

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