Monday, August 10, 2009

The Fear Factor

Friendship Day was good and Rakshabandhan was scintillating but Swine Flu has taken daylights out of all of us. Not so long ago, chickenguinea, Bird Flu, SARS….looked like something which happened to other people in other countries. But the ascent of Swine Flu is so palpable. I think 90% of the people on roads are wearing some or the other kind of Masks.

It started with a couple of cases in schools in Pune, then we heard how couple of schools were shut for a few days. Slowly, the disease became rampant, with every school and college closing for 7-10 days. We were still enjoying ourselves. In last 2 days, we are so gripped by the thought of Swine Flu during every waking hour that there is really no respite.

I am giving my driving classes a break for a couple of days. We even started wearing masks at office. These masks are really not the ones which are recommended (N95) but anything is better than nothing. This mask is actually out of stock in all medical shops and people are ordering these from outside. I don’t know when will I be able to lay my hands on those, till then we are all wearing the regular disposable masks. Read more on the right mask here.

The so-called good news is that the vaccine will be out by December in India. If ‘that’ is good news, then what is bad! And hey, right early in the morning, I read this news in Paper and my spirit ebbed like never before. Something needs to be done, and real fast!


  1. Even better. I read in the newspaper today that its November, in fact, and that Cadilla is all set to launch this medicine.
    Hope people are not that badly affected by this one.

  2. Hope you get hold of the mask soon! Take care!

  3. Hey Sanchita, November is quite far baby!

  4. Hey Varun, thanks for the support. I have stocked the use and throw ones but N95 is out-of-stock everywhere. Fingers crossed!

  5. ah, bad situation haan.... heard abt pune from andr frn as well...

    guess what it has reached here as well....