H1N1, the second wave coming to Japan.
By, Uwe Paschen.
H1N1 has entered the second wave here in Japan. In Narita Grade 1 and grade 3 students have to stay home since Tuesday due to several new cases in those grades.
The School has not yet been closed; pending a meeting, tonight, whose results will be made public by tomorrow.
In Tokyo and Narita the topic of H1N1 seems to be on every once mind. Even NHK gives us updates with every news forecast.
Most seem to worry that this second wave may be more virulent and cause casualties as well. Public advisories have been issued and many activities such as school plays have been cancelled for preventive reasons, allowing limiting the spreading of the virus.
Our annual School Fest was held, nevertheless, this with great compromises, such as no visitors where allowed other then teachers, staff and students. Parents, Families and Friends where not permitted to enter the High School.
Same precautions where taken at the University and Nursing School.
People are encouraged to wear masks and undergo medical exams at any sign that may indicate a flue or cold like symptom.
Some of this may seem a little drastic and yet prevention is always better then curing.
However, there may be limits to every thing, even preventive care can be exaggerated.
Still, who would like to end up with an infection of H1N1 if such could be avoided?
So far, Narita has only eight confirmed cases of an H1N1 infection and all those seem to be on the way to recovery. The main concern at this time is a serious shortage of Vaccines in Japan.