posted on Apr, 27 2009 @ 04:16 PM
Plenty of people are still moving around here but, by Mexico City standards, rush hour is quiet. They know they are at the centre of a feared
It appears that medical staff have been asked not to talk to reporters.
One man did talk, though.
"The third floor is where the outbreak is centred," he said, through a translator, as his cigarette burned down slowly in his right hand.
He wore a blue mask pulled down just below his mouth.
"A total of 30 people have died, some of them are staff. Including the first nurse to work with a patient with the virus."
The big unknown here is how dangerous this virus really is.
The mayor of Mexico City has said that if things do worsen, he will shut down the entire public transport system.
That would, in effect, bring this city of more than 20 million people to a halt.
We can only imagine what that is like.. Our normally busy streets and cities suddenly brought to a standstill... nothing moving except the wind in
the trees and the birds fighting over any scraps left lying around.
What with the economy the way it is, and with GM breaking the news that they will lay off 21,000
we face quite an extraordinary struggle at this time.
We have once well-off people living in tent cities, there are hundreds of thousands concerned about their jobs and their need to pay the bills and on
top of all that, nobody knows how bad this virus is going to get.
Ultimately, our jobs and paying the bills will pale into insignificance if the virus affects any one of us or our family members. And who or what do
Do we trust our natural remedies of oranges and garlic or do we trust those that have proved to be the most untrustworthy for many years..our
governments and the drugs they dish out.. The pharmas are going to make so much money from this.
There was a report on how airline shares were dropping, but pharma companies were rising fast.
If this virus gets so out of control, we may all have to face the reality that everyday when we wake up, we will walk out into a world where so many
have been lost and will never walk here again. We may log in to ATS and see that so many members no longer contribute.
It could be like some bizarre science fiction film where everyone dissapeared over night and you're the only one left.
As much as this could all be a false alarm and our worst fears may never become a reality, I feel we have to be prepared. Prepared for a massive
upheavel in our daily lives and routines.
If the worst happens, then I don't think any of us can even begin to imagine the outcome.. it is just too many people to think about..too many to
count..too many empty cities.