I know it is now all over the international news that the Chicken Flu from Vietnam is spread from human to human, and some case are reported in Southern China.
I want everybody to stop worrying for me! Three reasons:
1. Although very contagious and making some people very sick, it is not fatal for most people. It is like a bad winter flu – it is causing a lot of problems in areas with a serious outbreak, but not disaster.
2. Many precautions are already taken all over China to prevent spread any further. We have already people in the university to give us information, paper face masks and anti-bacteria spray for our hands. The more effective plastic mask with the ventilation on the front is for sale everywhere, in many sizes and colours, and this becomes a fashion for the students. Everybody is wearing a mask and cleans the hands when going in or out a public building or transport.
3. Beijing is a very, very long way from Guangxi, and it is only some small village in Guangxi that have the virus.
Biggest worry is that the ban on travel in and out of the Southern provinces will not end by the New Year, so people will not see their families. We can only hope that this will not happen, and the outbreak will be over before Spring Festival.
I have to travel only to Anhui, not too far South, and this will not be difficult.
In the meantime, I have many friends now in Beida and my studies keep me very busy, so do not worry for me if I do not blog for a week – I am very safe, just busy in Beijing!