On one hand, the Hong Kong government is telling HK citizens to not panic. At the same time, it is publicizing the
List of building(s) with confirmed case(s) of Swine Influenza in the past 7 days 過去七日曾有確診豬型流行性感冒個案之大厦名單
As of 6 pm, 17 June 2009 (截至2009 年6 月17 日, 下午6 時) (*local downloaded* PDF file, there are 5 pages of building names!) (current gov site file)
You know, I can imagine people who live in one of these building trying to find out who has/had Swine Flu. And can you imagine how those people and their families (and friends) will be treated? And then people in surrounding buildings worrying. Sooner then you think, you have enough of Hong Kong public panicking.
The way HK government is treating Swine Flu, a new but relatively non-lethal disease (compare to seasonal flu), is setting some bad precedence.
Swine Flu will definitely be one topic of discussion if and when I do launch a series of medical discussion with my doctor & friend. (There are some medical practices that are harmful and he definitely like to have more people know about them. Lead to more informed medical and science based discussions.)
Topics on my “discussion list”:
- Swine flu
- Seniors with blood pressure like a young man! Good or Bad? I thought it was good but I was very wrong!