I didn’t really think about how many people must go to Mexico for holidays now.Â One of my colleagues went last year, another one is due to go in two weeks (that will almost certainly be cancelled by the tour company) and another is due to go on a very extended stag night there in July.There are going to be a lot of people affected one way or another, even if the whole thing fizzles out, as we all hope it will.
When I say “we” I am not including anybody who works for the media of course: they are loving it.Â The whole tone of coverage just makes me think they will all be bitterly disappointed if there are not several thousand deaths, preferably in Britain – which are the only one that really count in our media.
I was watching Sky News over my Sugar Puffs this morning ((Other breakfast cereals are available)) and some expert was saying how he thought the outbreak was going to die out.Â When he sensed the palpable disappointment of the presenters he made an effort to cheer them up by pointing out how such a thing could be a lull before the storm like it was with the Spanish flu.Â Guess which bit of that interview they would be most likely to repeat and stress?
The old saying that “no news is good news” is interpreted as “good news is not news” in media land isn’t it?Â If this flu does spread any more I expect the first casualties in the UK to be Daily Mail journalists dying from over-excitement.
Anyway, nice to see that some companies have some definite contingency plans in place…Â those HR types… so warm-hearted and cuddly aren’t they?