“Outbreak” w/o Dustin Hoffmann

中国 Mainland China, 香港 HongKong Add comments

07/ 05 /2009

On last Thursday’s evening my friend K. and I have started our tip to Shanghai. While everyone was talking about the swine flu, all of us were thinking “Touch wood, no confirmed case in HKG.” But to be honest, this is just the matter of the time, we cannot run away and we also cannot avoid it. The only thing is to be good prepared.

During our wonderful stay, everyday the day has been covered by these news: H1N1 (but in Chinese).

On our flight back, we have been asked by the flight attendant to fill out the form where we have to mention our travel history of last 7 days as well as our recent health condition. This is the first time I have filled out the form and this was also the moment I have realized how serious the situation have been turned. Not only this. Even the temperature measurements has been stepped up. Really everyone needs to take off his hat. And we were not allowed to go through in bulk through the conrtrol. It seems that everyone needs to be seen clearly on the screen. Further on there are much more officer than usual – and all were wearing masks.

After I passed the passport control and picked up my luggage, an another officer with mask gave me an mask, another officer was distributing flyers with information about the swine flu.

Once I got into the departure terminal, I guess 90% of the people were wearing masks. This was a like a movie!!! I could not believe. But unfortunately this IS REALITY: The situation of swine flu IS INDEED VERY SERIOUS. It was a scaring view. I could not take a photo.

I am not used to it wearing a mask, so shortly after I was out of breathe and felt dizzy….

While my friend and I was in SH. SOMETHING has been happened. But what? We should know soon…

The next day my friend and me’s health condition turned worst. We got sick. We got a flu(?).

“On May 1, one case became the first confirmed case of swine flu in Hong Kong and also the first in Asia after being tested positive by the University of Hong Kong and the Department of Health of Hong Kong. The Mexican patient, who travelled with two companions from Mexico to Hong Kong with a stopover in Shanghai Pudong Airport, arrived in Hong Kong on April 30.” By Wikipedia, for more info, please refer to “The Standard”.

We got scared and decided to check with the doc, since we flew from HKG to SH Pudong Airport on April 30. Our doc mentioned that there is a low risk, that we get in contact with the mexican swine flu. But for precaution we need to stay at home and observe ourself.  My doc rang me up several times per day to see how I am. I packed my back pack, in case I need to go to hospital, I can go immediately…

I always see similar cases and situation on TV, as a movie e.g. Outbreak with Dustin Hoffmann. But this is reality. This is not controlled by a director planning a happy end…

So what can we do?  Please check the to do list by WHO.

UPDATE 2009-05-12
– Buttons of the elevator of our building will be disinfect every two hours
– Buttons of the ATM will be disinfected regularly.
– My friend and I am recovered

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