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.