Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine flu

Hi everyone, just a quick update on the swine flu situation since it's in all of the headlines.

First, thanks for all of the e-mails! I am doing fine, and I just returned from a trip to Saltillo (not the best timing, but we left before it turned into a big deal). A lot of things are closed around México, including schools and museums. The other Peace Corps trainees actually had a weeklong trip to Oaxaca canceled, too, and all non-essential PC travel within México has been restricted. The Méxican government and PC have both been handing out surgical masks, and I wore mine on the entire 8 hour bus ride last night.

We are taking the standard precautions of washing our hands a lot, avoiding kissing / handshaking, and avoiding crowds. Future activities around the country are in limbo right now until PC Washington gets a better feel for how the swine flu will turn out.


Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that you are doing well. Do you need more masks?

BTW, have the Spanish classes been canceled?

Joe Plumber said...

Hopefully they will have more masks in the office tomorrow, but I do have at least one more ¨clean¨ mask.

Classes have not been canceled at the Peace Corps office, although a bunch of other events for next week have been canceled. There were going to be various activities for current volunteers (mid-service conference, close-of-service, and all-volunteer conference) that will now be rescheduled for the future. I am guessing that our training schedule will also get shuffled around a little bit, but I will find out tomorrow.

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