i've been following the swine flu closely on the news since the story first broke in mexico. i've watched as we've taken the necessary (as deemed by the government) health precautions. temperature checks at the gate, like we did when bird flu was the worry. and, as always, we diligently wash our hands. lots.
and, i admit to being just a bit neurotic and anxious about the whole thing. i mean, yes. it's just a different strain of the flu, but i've got three little ones. one very little one. and when you live in hong kong, where SARS was a very real threat and the schools shut and went virtual for a whole month, people take things pretty seriously here.
health declarations to be signed at airports, face masks (these are a regular sight here, not just because of swine flu), health notices in apartment buildings reminding us of symptoms, keypads and lift buttons covered in plastic and sanitized every two hours. the list goes on.
i suppose living in this environment can only feed into my neurosis. but the illness keeps getting closer. last thursday, our middle school shut down after recording over a hundred students out sick. this weekend, buddy spent two days with a fever. several others in our neighbourhood were also sick.
all the while, joey and i knew that buddy simply had the fever virus that was going around. but then our next door neighbour (also the LP principal) said to get buddy tested for swine flu. and i had a momentary lapse of calm. and i panicked. a bit. luckily, joey talked me down. buddy's fever broke last night and we kept him home today as a precaution.
tonight, the school announced that the lower and upper primary schools will be shut for a week. the next few days should be interesting.
and, believe me, we're continuing to wash hands with great diligence in our house.