29.4.09

Self-imposed quarantine

We returned to New Zealand, from Texas and California, THE SAME DAY Mexico announced the swine flu outbreak.

Doesn’t all the media coverage seem a bit hysterical?

Let’s face it, getting sick is part of travelling around the world. In an airplane. No matter how many times you wash your hands.

The child came down with the flu over two weeks BEFORE the swine flu outbreak was announced, and I didn’t think much of it.

He had the flu. He stayed home until his symptoms went away. But he didn’t go to the doctor.

Now I’m wondering, what if. We had travelled through California and Texas. What if we had taken the child to the doctor, three weeks ago, and we had found out he had the swine flu? Could we have helped stop the pandemic?

Or is the swine flu outbreak more widespread than the WHO wants us to know.

We’ve been back in New Zealand for five days, and even though we have NO SYMPTOMS of flu, we have pretty much isolated ourselves.

I don’t want any fingers pointed at us, for example, at the playcentre, if babies come down with the flu.

I believe in quarantines.

Any excuse to order groceries online will do.

1 comment:

rudecactus said...

Oooh, online grocery shopping. Excellent idea!

I'm sure you guys are fine but it's good to be aware of this stuff!