Tuesday, October 27, 2009

H1N1/Swine Flu — Shutting down all schools in South Korea . . . will it come to that with Suneung only 16 days away?

I haven’t written about H1N1 aka Swine Flu since September . . . and today Brian from Jeollonamdo did a write up,

More cases of swine flu, more deaths

in which he displays an awesome summary of things being written on the Net.

Here are the posts I wrote back in August and September about H1N1.

H1N1/Swine Flu in Korea — I predict all schools will be closed in Korea for 10 days this fall/winter–probably Sept/Oct

H1N1 will become an epidemic in Korea that will see a revolution in hygiene awareness, and Koreans staying home when they’re sick

“You should go to the hospital” — Korean cultural norm of going to hospital for many things may backfire on it for H1N1

South Korea – Swine Flu will close all schools and pretty much shut the country down for 10 days–and give foreign teachers another 10 day quarantine

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Here is perhaps the biggest reason why I still think there’s a high chance of all schools being closed across Korea,

“Korea has stocks of Tamiflu and anti-viral drugs for 11 percent of its entire population but the ministers said that the stocks will be raised to cover 20 percent by the end of the year.” (Korea Times, Tamiflu Available at Drug Stores)

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Click on the link below to read more at Kimchi Icecream: The Second Serving . . . . I've moved over to wordpress.com and will be blogging there from now on.

H1N1/Swine Flu — Shutting down all schools in South Korea . . . will it come to that with Suneung only 16 days away?

I wonder what will happen over the next few weeks . . . I especially worry about the elderly Koreans with pre-existing health conditions.

I hope things are not going to get as bad as I think they will . . .



Brian said...

Thanks for the link.

I've been wanting to write more on swine flu this fall, but really there's been just so many cases I can't keep up. Likewise, not teaching anymore, it's been hard keeping up with the nonsense in public schools. I know a couple other students in the same department at the uni where I'm taking a Korean class came down with swine flu, though when I looked around the news to post on it, nothing turned up, I guess because they've long since stopped writing about each person who catches it.

Jason said...

Hi Brian,

You're welcome.

I can't wait for the day to come when I say, "Yeah, I don't really keep up with the day to day issues in public schools in Korea cause I'm too busy with my studies . . ." It's coming, but not soon enough.

It's going to be VERY interesting to see how all this pans out.