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...just last week, I was talking to arlad about what's been going on in Mexico -- for those who don't know, she lives in Mexico City -- with the flue and her saying how bad it's getting and me being worried for her and relieved we live here, when, this morning -- actually at midnight last night -- I receive a call from my daughter's highschool saying that they were shutting it down until NEXT Wednesday because a student tested positive last Thursday for Swine Flue. Apparently, there's a 10 day incubation period and, now I'm to watch her for symptoms.

It's a small freakin' world, isn't it? And we're all in this together.

And maybe ironic isn't the right word. Maybe it's more like epic scary.

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I hope your daughter is okay! For what it's worth, the cases in New York were relatively mild, so hopefully it will be that way for your daughter's school as well.

Arwen, looking for her coordinating face mask

I'm (pretty) sure it'll be fine, and since her dad's out of town until Monday, we have almost nothing we have to do for several days. Today we went out to breakfast and to do some more photography so, not too bad. For me, I'd need one white and one black face mask, and then I'd be all set.

This thing is moving along pretty quickly. I was reading the list of countries where it has been found so far--it's essentially all over the globe. Our state has cases now. I sense that the officials are so worried about over-reacting that they keep down-playing things. I don't like over-reactions, but sensible precautions do seem to be in order.

Arwen, who never wears her white face mask before Memorial Day

Memorial Day *chuckles* these arcane time-honored style conventions barely apply here in whatevertheehellyouwant California. Black in summer, white in winter, we play fast and loose with the rules around here.

I have an lj friend traveling throughout Europe, she feels safe but I nonetheless worry. And you're right, sensible precautions are in order but I imagine being a working mom and suddenly finding out my kid's not going to be in school for a week. Yuck.

My son's school is closed today. Someone in another school in the district has a strong possibility of having it and they're disinfecting all the schools in the district today.

Good luck and please stay healthy... all of you! *Hugs*

thanks and you too. With Lauren's school, it's definitely confirmed but the girl hasn't been in school since last Thursday. Lauren wants to know who she is but all we know is that she's 16, which would probably put her in Lauren's grade. Apparently she's the first confirmed case in our county of Santa Clara. She somehow picked it up in Southern California, they think. We got all that from the front page of the newspaper, not the school.

I hope your daughter is well! That is very scary. I am wishing the best for all of you. Hopefully, it would just be a singular outbreak at your daughter's school.

The swine flu hasn't reached Budapest yet. But several EU member states have reported cases. I'm heading to Barcelona over the weekend; it's a little scary.

It is scary and especially since only a week ago, the US hadn't seemingly felt a thing. Lauren's fine and the girl who has contracted the flue hasn't been in school since last Thursday, the district is just being super cautious and I'm fine with that.

I really liked Barcelona, Picasso and Gaudy and the Moors, right? and the hostel where we stayed was overbooked so they let us sleep on the roof. When it started to rain, no one cared because we were all safe in our sleeping bags and the rain was warm. Have a safe trip.

Oh, HON! You and your daughter must be so scared, you all must be!

I know it's very small comfort, but I think the shut down and the fact that you're already very aware to watch for symptoms is a big help... and, again, a small and fairly morbid comfort, but the disease has only killed here in Mexico (well, my NY times alert tells me there may be a US death) but experts are saying the deaths in Mexico are in part because people delayed treatment and because of bad nutrition. I know how very scary this entire situation is, like a creepy disaster movie with no Dennis Quaid to save the day, but I'm sending you all my good vibes.

Stay safe, darling.

The one death here was, apparently, a baby. Our paper said that the girl from Lauren's school is the first confirmed case in our county, that she's 16 which would probably put her in Lauren's grade, that she probably picked it up in Southern California, and that she hasn't been in school since last Thursday. We're nervous but have also decided to take advantage of the downtime, y husband just happens to be in Ohio, far away, this week. We went out to breakfast, took some pictures and now, we're just taking it easy and such is our life until Monday afternoon when we pick Daiv up from the airport.

You stay safe as well, we'll be fine.

The problem is that they still don't know what kind of flu it is actually. Our health chief says that it is actually a mix of swine flu viruses, as well as human and avian viruses. The viruses are mutants, not known up to now. I'm not sure, but I believe that I've heard on TV that they are going to call the viruses the New viruses and the flu outbreak the New flu. Has it become official yet, I don't know.

It is scary, I agree with you and all others.

Someone was speculating in her blog today:

The tricontinental nature of the virus seems to indicate that either 1) there were a HUGE series of coincidences and accidental meetings that resulted in this virus, or 2) someone in a lab was playing with several different strains of viruses (virii?) and created his own version of Stephen King's Captain Trips.

we're still calling it Swine as far as I know but obviously something is very different about it. We've had our first confirmed death here in America, a two year old. How sad. They've apparently traced it to small little village in Mexico where they'd had a similar problem a couple of years ago. The world is a very small place, we all travel constantly, things spread. We all just need to watch out for each other, I think.

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I only have seen the newspaper, morning edition. It said that the girl, 16, is the only nearly confirmed case in Santa Clara County but that she picked it up in Southern California, they think. We're in San Jose and Lauren's school is on Meridian. Is this the one they're reporting about? Wait, it must be because the mom of one of her friends told me earlier that there were CBS trucks, two of them, at Lauren's school this morning. Ooooh, so strange.

*sends health and comfort wishes* right back to you.

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'FYI, there is a run on hand sanitizer at drug stores so if you need some more try an office supply or other less obvious store. Ditto for regular soap.' Thanks for the heads up, I wouldn't have thought where else to go.

And thanks for being more on top of what's going on at my kid's school than I am. I probably should watch the news.

the school system in your area is not fooling around! i see this as a cautious and smart move. it is getting a bit scary. years and years ago there were a couple of cases of whooping cough in my daughter's school system...all 400 kids had to go on antibiotics to help prevent further cases. it worked...there were no other outbreaks.

take care,
j

I agree completely but I also realize that most households around here have two working parents and we now have 1,400 kids who need to be dealt with for the next week. I'm lucky but most aren't so fortunate and I bet they're scrambling about now.

They were very smart in your daughter's school, and I know they're being the same in Lauren's. Daiv's in Ohio, he left yesterday for a week. Lauren and I have the house to ourselves. I don't want people sick but for us personally, it'll be kind of nice.

It's a positive thing that Lauren's school is taking precautions. It's the best thing to try to stop the spreading of this virus. And try not to panic; the WHO has downgraded the confirmed # of deaths in Mexico to only 7. While that is a sad thing, it is not the 'virulent' flu that the media is hyping.

We have 7 confirmed cases in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and because of our experience with SARS in 2003 everyone is on alert. So far the cases here are very mild. No one has required hospitalization, being able to recuperate comfortably at home. Hopefully it will remain that way.

And keep up the hand washing! It really is a simple but effective measure!

Keeping you and Lauren in my thoughts!



thank you, all your information is very helpful. I just imagine all the working moms, most household around here have both parents working, scrambling to figure out what to do with the kid (or kids). There were CBS camera crews at the school this morning and helicopters flying over. And I do worry about arlad down in Mexico City.

And again, thanks for keeping us in your thought. Believe me, you're in mine as well.

This whole situation is scary. Hope your daughter and the rest of her school are okay.

I hope so too. As for Lauren, I'm just supposed to watch her for symptoms. We don't know which girl has been inflected, which is as it should be for privacy, only that she's 16 and is home under voluntary isolation.

Take care of yoourself, we are none of us immune.

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