A MalaysianInsider article puts it very nicely :
H1N1 is going to kill the whole of Malaysia because we’ve got incompetent people in government. It’s up to us to make sure our children and families don’t get infected. Weeks ago, I began to get concerned and I thought I was bordering on paranoia.
My kids wear masks to school and carry small bottles of hand sanitizers.
They don’t go to school on Fridays to lessen potential exposure.
We wear masks when we go out.
I carry a bottle of diluted Dettol everywhere now. If we eat out, I spray the table top with the solution and give it a wipe. I dip cutlery and even straws in a glass of hot water before we use them.
We’ve stopped going out for our nightly mall walk for the time being.
I may cut down my kids’ school days to 3 days or even take them out entirely if need be. They’re top 10 students, so I don’t worry about them catching up with their lessons. If we wait for our stupid government to take action, we’ll be visiting our kids in the cemetery – unless we land there first. This stupid government of ours says they’re going to launch a huge campaign to inform the public soon. It’s 51 lives too late (that’s the latest death toll as I write this).
We were supposed to go watch “Aliens in the Attic” this Friday, but we’ve cancelled. Can you imagine being in an enclosed cinema with 300 other people? All you need is one single moron who doesn’t want to waste his ticket sitting in there, coughing and sneezing and potentially killing all 300 innocent people.
Am I being paranoid? Probably.
But in this case, I’d rather over-react than NOT do anything.