H1N1: Schools, Ruwi & Lulu

15 08 2009

Really brief. After the case of an Indian School student falling ill and passing away due to swine flu, the Indian Schools have closed for an extended holiday. That comes after an annoouncement that they would not close. But they are now closing.

The Pakistani School had announced that they would not close. But they had ‘off-d’ primary school kiddos. Seeing the severity of the cases (and the huuge amount of snot-nosed not-so-kids), vacations have been announced for another week, 15th to 22nd Aug.

Rwui Ruiw Ruwi has had a general sweep by the baladiyah, handing out masks and forcing the general shopkeepers and shopassistants to wear them. Gives Ruwi a sterile look. Now you can’t even identify the person who is giving you the eye (or the x-ray eye). Same for all medical centers, where HongKong-esque masked smoochers were seen by your truly.

Lulu is as much a cesspit of all kinds of virii as usual, human-type and others. I’m sure that if there is any place where H1N1 and H1N5 are going to mutate, that is going to be Lulu; where, this friday, I saw 200 people per minute (ppm) entering and exitting the doors. And Ramadhan shopping still has to commence, with people going starking mad, buying wholesale items (I saw a local buying atleast 7 cartons of red Jello, swear). Consider with that the amount of cars parked (in their newly opened multi-tier parking space), the humid, wet smell of coconut in the air there, open fruits (and flies) and you can get an idea of the genetic experiments going on in Lulu’s atmosphere. shudder. And no masks, mind you. When pharmacies are going to sell facemasks @ R.O. 5/- per box (50 pcs), why would Mr. Raj, with a family of 5, buy a whole box!? Especially when no one has told them that the friggin masks have to be replaced after a couple of days of use (the flimsy ones).

Here’s to me, heading for all the lonely places. Yo, beach up in Yeti, here I come!

-FK

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H1N1: Respawn

10 08 2009

Amazing what a couple of well-placed headlines and the bottomless-gossip-pit of school staff rooms can do. With the arrival of August and the return of snot-nosed children to school, the seemingly common statement of “… she caught it from school …” has taken a very different meaning. Debates are raging in the management circles of almost every school as to actions to be taken with regards to the H1N1 threat and reopening rules.

As being proclaimed (pretty unnecessarily loudly, I’d say), the Indian Schools are not going to be closed/remain closed any more than their original vacation schedules. The local schools are not even taking note of the issue, as all is well as per govt. releases. The Pakistani Schools have reopened with the kiddies (primary sections) remaining closed. Elsewhere, peace reigns.

The cesspool of H1N1 that kids threaten to be is being tried to be allayed by an excess of MoH posters all around school buildings, distribution of facemasks and mandatory requirements of forced absences for ill students. Alternately, we can just keeps our kids clean, yeah right!

Be prepared to see overly concerned parents queuing in private hospitals for runny noses, a case of the sniffles and ailments as tinny as an overly red nose. Also, feel free to see and report mask faced people at City Center which is going to be a usual assortment of overly-cautious touch-me-nots, kids being forced by parents to wear ’em, people who wear them just ‘cozĀ  and the sub-group that wants this opportunity to hide their faces and make catcalls.

Found this nice infographic. click to enlarge (3.6 MB)

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Stay Safe.

-FK