Covering up for safety!

Covering up for safety!

I am sure that everyone has seen the news about the Influenza outbreak in Mexico. I am sure the images of mouths covered are not new. But from the perspective of someone living here, I have to say, it is quite a sight to see.  I feel like I am in a science fiction movie. People are staying in their houses … no school, no work in offices, no restaurants, no concerts or movies, few people out and about … and everyone walking around with their nose and mouth covered.  In general, very creepy. For a few days the city was literally shut down … though apparently pharmacies, hospitals and the television and movie rental industries have made out quite well.

Old and young alike ...

Old and young alike ...

I am still not sure just how dangerous this thing is, or if it really merits any sort of action beyond normal health precautions, but I will say that the Mexican response to the “crisis” has been incredible. With just a few announcements by the government and health officials, the city of over 20 million people effectively shut down all movement. Everyone got a tapa-bocas (mouth cover), and people took all necessary precautions against a veritable plague. Though it is not the plague. It is the flu. Which kills thousands of people annually. So I am stuck wondering, is all this really necessary?? And if not, who is behind this? The biggest city in Mexico will have lost precious time and productivity and economic activity for over a week, which cant be good for the already weak economy. And not to mention the post-traumatic stress syndrome of the country after having the living daylights scared out of 23 million people. At least there wont be any protests because everyone will be too afraid to be in a large crowd.

I really wonder what the after-effects will be from such an event. Or, perhaps Mexico will be its glorious self and return to normal in a week, with not a trace of the craziness except for millions of blue tapa bocas laying around. We’ll see!

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