Every Breath You Take
31 March 2003
I guess there is no mass hysteria yet, for I am happy to report that I saw a total of zero person(s) wearing a facial mask on the bus and at every bus stop we passed by. However, I must add that whilst walking on the grounds of a big hospital, I noticed two people wearing facial masks.
This may sound very rude but I am now allowing myself this little bit of pleasure daily by counting the number of people I see wearing facial masks.
Not that I am not worried. Although this may be a long shot, I am not proud to say that I am somewhat near the epicentre of the whole issue. I saw how things started to snowball from day one. I witnessed the many politicking going around even in the midst of a “crisis”. I spoke with people whose social lives came to a definite halt in the name of the greater interest. I conversed with a mother of two who only got to see her kids for less than one hour every night. I listened to the worried voices on the line, looking for an answer and seeking some form of assurance.
I may not be standing on the top of the mountain, but from where I am, I certainly am able to get some form of understanding of what have been going on.
At the end of the day, I do not see the need to wear a mask. Like what that Caucasian man said on TeeVee news the other night, a person is more likely to get hit by a bus than die from the disease. Unless I am near the hotspot (the place near Novena MRT station), I will carry on with my life as normal and the last thing I want is to plonk something on my face, which under the conditions here and my hyperactive sweat glands, the mask will be soaked in no time.
And a mask soaked with your perspiration is not going to be very effective against the tiny bastard.
Still, all I can say is that we have yet to reach the peak of the entire crisis and many people are working against time to at least sort things out and bring some sense of normalcy to all of us. Of course, this will be the last thing those little ones want because it will mean that schools will be open again.
Then again, shouldn’t they be happy that they have a chance to go to the Golden Arches and not face the four walls and the pile of assessment books everyday? (Like in the recent TeeVee ad where the boy who failed his maths, was grounded at home by his mother after he told her that he was going to the Golden Arches to study)
Anyway, I am not surprised that during this very trying time, a lot of the bloggers here have plonked their thoughts on this “crisis” online. Here are some of the related links of good sites you can surf to:
(c) Yahoo!’s coverage of the *ahem* *cough* *cough* outbreak
I guess every breath of air you inhale is a risk you take and the alternative is not to stop doing it.
After-note: 31 March 2009
It happened six years ago. Took this part of the world by storm and changed the course of many lives (including mine) forever. It didn’t end until months later. Today, the world is more worried about the effects of a much larger health threat – the flu pandemic.