Re: Some Observations about the Flu Event
The main point that has been emphasized in the Asian MSM has been the fact that this bug is communicable during its incubation period, which can range from 3 to 7 days. The point being that this means containment is basically impossible. You can’t screen people at borders, airports, etc. effectively because they are contagious for several days before they begin to develop recognizable symptoms.
It is for these reasons [that the Asian newspapers have been reporting that] everyone is freaking out. They figure that it could already have been communicated to millions upon millions of people, and if so we wouldn’t even know that yet. By the time they develop symptoms, it will be too late for quarantine to be effective because they’ll already have communicated the disease to many others.
I too was shocked when this morning’s South China Morning Post was ablaze with headlines saying pandemic was imminent, but that’s what they are now saying here. Suddenly last night and today I see many people on the street and in the subway here in Hong Kong wearing masks.