Immediately I checked if my nails were blue and that if I could breathe properly. Now I definitely wasn’t getting fresh air. I was standing in queue at a closeted billing counter of a departmental store. It was definitely hard to breathe fresh air there.
Other than me, everyone wore masks both inside and outside the mall. Why not, I am in swine flu capital, Pune. I have to check my symptoms at every sneeze or cough, to be sure.
I do carry a scarf these days to cover my mouth like a bandida, but it’s a suffocating feeling.
Interestingly, Pune girls, even before we had heard of swine flu, have been tying headscarves (instead of helmets) while driving as protection against pollution. Their headscarves are unique in that cover their entire face and head except eyes.
A new Police Commissioner tried to ban headscarves in vain, amidst the hue and cry of Pune girls. So, owing to use of these headscarves I think, Pune girls at least are safe from air-borne swine flu contamination. 🙂
When I have just put my foot in this city, and am raring to explore it, it is swamped by swine flu germs. Schools, colleges, cinemas and malls are closed.
Kids play wearing masks, domestic help arrives wearing masks. People on streets walk and drive, wearing masks. It’s hard not to feel the scare.
But scare we must not.
I am sure your Inbox is full of emails about swine flu, mine sure is. Reader is also full of swine flu advice and cartoons. Here’s a collection of 30 swine flu cartoons. I still thought I would add my two cents.
Swine Flu is curable. Here is a survivor’s story. Note some important points story makes: with medical care, proper fluids and rest you can beat it.
Kids and people with low immunity, who suffer from diseases like AIDS, TB, diabetes or hypertension, are most vulnerable. It’s said that children even after they are cured, carry the virus in their nasal cavity. So a child may not be showing signs of flu, he/she may still be the carrier.
My revered reader Praneshachar sent me an email with the link to David Icke’s blog. David claims that swine flu virus has been lab created, to promote the sale of flu vaccination. He says:
The Austrian journalist, Jane Bürgermeister, has filed criminal charges with the FBI against the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations, Barack Obama, a Rockefeller, a Rothschild, and others, over a plot she uncovered to cull the population with a deadly swine flu vaccine.
She said that bird flu and swine flu have been developed in laboratories and released on the public with the aim of mass murder through vaccination. Her filed document is called Bioterrorism Evidence.
I am not sure how creditable these claims are, but Roche, the company manufacturing medicine Tamiflu, is laughing all the way to the bank.
Coming to the government that we love to bash. The last two Congress governments have a history of appointing comic stooges as cabinet ministers. (Remember Shivraj Patil.) While last health minister Anbumani Ramadoss spent 90% of his time in office on trifle matters like smoking celebrities like SRK, unethical pub culture and surrogate advertising in IPL; current health minister Mr. Gulam Nabi Azad is no less. First he had suggested TV as solution for population control, now he has accurately pegged the exact percentage of Indians that are going to be affected by swine flu!
Swine Flu has hit several countries, even Costa Rica’s Noble Prize winner President is down with swine flu. I guess disease is taking monumental proportions because in India, considering that we have had 3 month notice since swine flu first hit in March in Mexico, our health care system is not quite adequate. In Pune , just a week ago only two hospitals were handling (and simultaneously goofing up) with swine flu cases. Private hospitals in the capital city Delhi too are more or less reluctant to handle swine flu!
This disease thankfully is limited only to cities, not a single rural case has so far been reported.
I wonder when this pandemic will be over. Scientists say, that swine flu could be more lethal in winters. This claim does have some logic considering that even though swine flu emerged from Mexico, it spread like forestfire in all the colder countries like US, UK, Canada, France and Netherlands.
People have already filed a PIL not to celebrate Dahi-handi and Ganesh festivals in Maharashtra. Goa government is pondering if they should invoke Epidemic Control Act, 1897 to keep out foreign tourists.
Before I sign off, I leave you with links to few useful articles about swine flu.
P.S: Click on images to see the original source. Thanks!