Our Man's eldest came back from school today dismayed. Only 14 people were off with influenza in her class. Only 14? Well, the school will only close a class when it reaches a 50-percent infection rate. Her class has 32 kids. So, still two more cases to go before she can get the rest of the week off. As it is, the school is taking reasonable precautionary measures. These being sending her class home an hour earlier than usual to stop the rot. This got Our Man thinking (which, as has been documented frequently on this here blog, is not a sensible activity):
- Our Man knows next to nothing about contagious diseases, but surely waiting until half the population has caught the thing, is erring just a little on the side of TOO BLOODY LATE, isn't it?
- What kind of hoodoo voodoo science decrees that diseases only spread an hour before hometime?
- There's a geo-political element too. Why is it that flu strains all emanate from formerly Communist countries - in this case Russia (A strain) and China (B strain)? Is North Korea so inept that it can't even manage a C strain?
- The prevention of choice? Keep your masks on. Picture from here.
Is it just Our Man, or is this not the same approach Our Glorious leaders are taking to the financial crisis? Do next to nothing until everyone's up to their necks in it, then take radical, ineffective action. Whydontcha give Our Man a bottle of paracetamol now, doc, that he could wash down with his nightcap?