Aug 21, 2009
I live in Bangalore, one of the cities where people have died of swine flu. The number of people infected now stands at a few hundreds, which is a cause for alarm. I see people wearing masks everywhere, preferring to stay cautious. Those who wear masks probably constitute a very small percentage, but significant enough that I keep bumping into them every now and then.
That brings me to the question - would I cut down my travel plans due to fear of infection? Travel news feeds are full of reports about fall in tourist numbers, thanks to the flu. A few governments have even issued advisory against travelling to India. A few travel agents I spoke to fear about decline in domestic travel as well. Would it be sensible to stay at home and be careful?
Opinions may differ and some people tend to be more cautious than other. For me, it would be hard to sit at home worrying about an infection that has affected a miniscule share of our population. Yes, there would be some danger of infection when you are in a crowded transport or in a large gathering, but I might as well risk it than stay home. I would not advice everyone to do the same, but am curious what people think about it. What is your take on the flu? Would you prefer to stay cautious or just get out when you wish to?
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