Flu again…

Posted: August 13, 2009 in Pune

A couple of my friends called me up after reading my post to say that things were bad in Pune and maybe I was understating the threat. I never said it wasn’t bad, I only said that the media shouldn’t be treating this like the plague of 1666. Thirteen dead at last count, but it’s still not as virulent as the media was making it out to be.

When even the medical fraternity is telling us that things are not as bad they are being made out to be and trying to calm the panic-stricken populace, the electronic media was putting the fear of flu into them and making it into some kind of Rambo Circus. I am sure that nowhere in the do the world broadcast media behave as irresponsibly as they do in India.

I agree we have to be careful, because it’s a virus about which not too much is known. Secondly, since the symptoms are very similar to influenza, it’s difficult to diagnose quickly enough. Heck, I am a diabetic, so I should worry the most, because I come in that high-risk group. If I feel unwell or display any of the symptoms, I’ll be the first one to go to the hospital.

I am glad that schools, colleges and malls have shut. I think the authorities have done the right thing. But why are malls and multiplexes closed only for three days? Will the flu go away after three days? I agree with the health minister who said self- restraint is the best policy. It is we who have to be careful.

But however, careful I am, what can I do about the people around me who have a casual attitude to everything. When their family members are suffering from flu or have related symptoms shouldn’t they be going for a check-up immediately? But what do I hear …. “Nothing serious, just dysentery…or just a cold….” If they don’t care about their health and that of their near and dear ones, they should at least think about others – strangers, colleagues and friends. But it’s this chalta hai attitude that really gets to me.

I guess that’s a sickness which is worse than swine flu. Can we have medication for that, please?

  1. Shweta says:

    The news channels have no other news currently. Since Reeda passed away, the main headlines have been about the one and only swine flu. Frankly, I'm getting bored of it all. I would much rather go back to all the Bollywood masala.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You are right about the media. Am sick of watching these amateurs making a mountain out of a molehill of any story they come across.Used to love NDTV when Prannoy Roy was around. Now there is this Dutt woman whose ego is bloating like her body.She is so full of her self that she does not give others to get in a word edgeways.I actually change the channel as soon as her face appears!The swine flu is a threat no doubt. But the way the channels have ranted and raved about it, it seems like the plague is back as you rightly said.The Indian government must act to control these channels otherwise we may have a two hour breaking news about a cow delivering a calf!At the moment they produce what the male counterpart of the sacred animal does to get rid of its waste!cheersbabu

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