I am still following the news. As an educator I consider schools one of the most dangerous places to work in the event of a serious disease outbreak. Unlike adults, children engage in behaviour that increases the risk and spread of disease and teachers mark their work so we handle papers that kids sneeze on and have their dirty hands all over.
My first year in schools I caught 12 colds, after only having about 2 the previous 5 years, so I take the spread of disease or the threat of it seriously. I have also seen schools have 25-30% of students absent in Vancouver during flu and cold outbreaks in the past 5 years. Additionally, I have been on medication since February that basically has wiped out my immune system and I am not off the medication until June, so I am following it very closely.
Well, there is a school in Vernon, BC that has closed and will be closed next week because a student returned from Mexico and tested positive. We also have evidence of it spreading in Canada from those returning from Mexico, "Skowronski said in all but one case those infected had travelled to Mexico or California. In one case, the individual had contact with someone who had travelled to Mexico."
I am also concern about it because of where I am right now. Apparently during the 1918 out break 6 out 7 people in this community died. It went from just over 2000 people to about 300. The mortality rate here was 2-3 times what it was elsewhere and the kids here they seem to get a bug and they do seem to get sick more.
And we already have someone who just returned from Mexico who has been put into quarantine.