While that has no affect on my daily life, my school reminded us again yesterday (it's been 3 months since the last reminder) that we are "strongly encouraged" to stay in our homes to avoid contact with the flu. Understandable from the company's viewpoint, I suppose, since the school will shut down for 2 weeks if any student or teacher contracts the disease. But, I really doubt my bosses are staying out of public as they are suggesting we do. That same night we went to a company dinner in COEX. The suggestion seemed particularly aimed at us foreign teachers... as if Koreans are any less vulnerable to catching the disease. I'm sure if I do catch it, it will be from one of my children. Maybe I should just let them know I have 10 kilos of kimchi in my fridge... that should pacify their fears.. right?
The school has also has just installed hand sanitizer dispensers at the entrance of the school. Evidently every child is supposed to sanitize their hands before entering the school. Though... I'm not sure what good it does to sanitize a child's hands if they are already infected. Not to mention the lack of soap at the sinks some days.
Anyway, I'm sorry for the rant. It's not really against my school, but just Korean culture in the face of this pandemic. Many schools have baned their teachers from leaving their dong during non-school hours. I should be grateful my school hasn't gone that far yet. Every school is going through this same situation right now. I understand that they have the "safety of the children" in their minds (or two weeks of lost profits, but that's the same thing anyway, right?) But they need to realize that only .1% of infected people die from this flu. Its really no less dangerous than any old flu. If they are going to take such serious action against swine flu, they should theoretically be doing the same for people infected with the seasonal flu too. But that will never happen.
How is your school handling the swine flu epidemic? Do you work at a public school and have you heard about the daily fever checks?