Swine Flu has officially been confirmed in Malaysia with the first case being in Sri Gombak (not too far from where we live). As a precaution, hubby has suggested that we minimise our outings even though Swine Flu doesn’t sound nearly as alarming as SARS. Although initially worrying when the first news release about Swine Flu was release, it doesn’t appear to be any worse than the regular flu aside from the fact that this is a relatively new strain of the virus and few people have immunity.
Despite the UK Health Minister’s concern about complacency, even he agrees that the Swine Flu isn’t as serious as initially feared. With 8415 cases and 71 deaths as of yesterday, the statistics certainly aren’t as frightening as SARS. Even during the height of SARS, it didn’t stop me or a group of my die-hard rock climbing friends from making our trip to Krabi in Thailand. Then again, I was single, young and “immortal” back then.
Now that I am a mother, the choice to limit our outings lies not in my fear of contracting Swine Flu myself, but for that of my son and the unborn baby within. As with all illnesses, it is always the very young and the elderly that are most at risk – the young because their immune systems are still developing and the elderly because their immune systems are weakened through age. I can’t remember where I read it or state the validity of the source, but I recall an article that mentioned pregnant women being more susceptible to Swine Flu or was it that that risk was greater? Regardless, all the more reason for me to err on the side of caution and stay in myself.
Being home-bound isn’t really that much of a problem for me. However, I think it has been toughest on Gavin who is so used to going out that being cooped up indoors is quite a trial. Looks like we’ll have to increase Gavin’s physical activities around the house to wear him out…