Life in the Land of the Rising Sun

Saturday, May 23, 2009

EVERYONE PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Delete before reading! Cancel all plans! Run to the hills! Run for your lives! (cue fast bass lick). The new H1N1 virus (diminished 7th fanfare) has come to the Kanto area!

The first few cases in Japan were all limited to the Kansai area (i.e. Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto), were all high school students returning from overseas, and were caught and quarantined at the airport. Since then several more cases have been found in people from all over the country. Most of them have been high school students returning from overseas. Most of them were caught at the airport and quarantined. However, now there are a few people reported infected whose symptoms appeared after they came back from overseas. Two of them are in Tokyo. One is in the city of Kawasaki in Kanagawa prefecture (neighboring Tokyo).

Now all drugstores are seeing a massive run on flu masks. People are canceling plans in droves.

My daughter's school decided not to cancel their planned field trip to the historical city of Kamakura, which is in Kanagawa prefecture. My father-in-law is up in arms about it. He seems to be of the mind that all travel to and from Tokyo and Kanagawa prefecture should be banned until the flu threat is over. He doesn't seem to be the only one that feels that way, either.

People, so far there have only been a few isolated cases, and contingencies were already in place to deal with them. It is NOT the end of the world as we know it (though I do feel fine).

No wonder terrorism is so popular these days. It's so easy to frighten society into dysfunction.


  • Please do not be alarmed (ACCHHHOOOOO!) Everything is well.

    Everything is well, er I mean fine, Everything is FINE!

    By Anonymous Dave, at 11:45 AM  

  • Oh, the swine flu is it? Who came up with H1N1 anyway? Oh, WHO did? Well, who cares what they think. WHO does care? Well, I call hoohoo on WHO, who poopoos swine flu to make this todo about the WHO H1N1 flu!

    Vord ver: lamsies - The ancient god who rules over sheep.

    By Blogger Don Snabulus, at 12:35 PM  

  • Dave-
    First you were sounding like my father in law. Now you're sounding like my students! ;-)

    I thought it was Dewkid, but okay.

    If you H1, you N1 all.

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 10:30 PM  

  • I've heard in the news that swine flu has reached Japan. Hahaha, get your mask and tamiflu medication ready just in case :O

    Even in Mauritius, some people are getting paranoid about that thing. My boss and his wife just came back from Thailand and ever since they got to Mtius, some health officers had been calling them everyday to ask if they were feeling ok and if they showed no sign of any kind of flu. I guess they're just being careful about the matter. *sigh*

    By Anonymous Ă…nGe|e, at 2:44 AM  

  • I'm extremely disappointed in the lack of zombification caused by this apocalypic plague. Seriously, these viruses don't even TRY new things!

    By Blogger MattJ, at 10:32 PM  

  • Angele-
    There's nothing wrong with being careful, but once people start blowing things out of proportion things can get out of hand quickly. First it's harassing people who travel. Then it's lynch mobs appearing at your door if you're heard sneezing in public.

    I know. Same song, fifth verse.

    It's funny that some religious groups such as the Jehovah's Witnesses are already claiming that this new flu bug is a sign that the end is near. At the same time, some biologists in Japan are theorizing that this "new" flu might not be new at all...which is why most people catching it in Japan are high school students. It's just that now they're looking for it, whereas they weren't before.

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 1:09 PM  

  • There are panic stories in our media such as 40,000 will get it in Geelong! There are about 100 in Oz so far - mainly school-kids. Symptoms so far a mild kind of Influenze A. It's very infectious though and some schools closed for a week.

    By Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog, at 3:13 PM  

  • How's the situation right now?

    By Blogger Selba, at 10:10 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home