MERS is the latest health scare in the world and especially, South Korea. It started with a Korean man who traveled to the Middle East and contracted the disease. Because the symptoms mirrors that of a common cold, he was misdiagnosed when he visited several hospitals for treatment back in Seoul. The respiratory disease has since spread to several areas of Seoul. Somehow, the disease also made its way down to Daejeon.
I usually don’t think too much about this kind of stuff but this time around, it is right in the neighborhood. A student at Hanbat Elementary has a father who is a doctor at Chungnam Hospital. That is where the MERS outbreak in Daejeon started. His father was exposed to the disease and therefore, the student was in danger as well. A shit ton of Chungdahm April’s students go to Hanbat Elementary…. and that is why I haven’t been to work since Wednesday.
We knew it was possible to have an off day because of the MERS outbreak. On Wednesday afternoon, about 20 minutes before class started, we were called into an emergency meeting at work. Because so many of our students go to Hanbat Elementary, we decided to close for 3 days as a safety precaution. We do have to make up classes at the end of the month, but that’s the way it goes at Chungdahm.
This disease mainly gets people who already have underlying health issues. I’m not morbidly unhealthy, but there’s still a slight reason to worry. I’m going to take this chance to be a bit healthier than usual. Wash your hands frequently. Use sanitizer. Use disinfectant wipes on common surfaces. Take Vitamin C to boost your immune system. Most importantly, wear a mask when you go out.
Here I am in my temporary mask. I figure that a disease outbreak is no time to disregard my fancy lifestyle. I ordered the flossiest mask I could find on Gmarket and I’m just waiting for it to arrive.