Call it H1N1 influenza virus or swine flu – I’m staying in tonight


With the World Health Organization (WHO) listing swine flu as a 5 (on a scale of 6) – as former Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman famously barked, “Who the hell is WHO?” – this public health watch reminds some of us, and some more than others, of SARS which was ravaging Toronto six years ago.

In fact it was six years ago this very night that I came face-to-face, or face-to-mask, with Toronto’s emergency service providers at the height of SARS. For the better part of six weeks I was on the front-lines, in a hospital bed mind you, quarantined off and on from friends and family. I still fared better than those who became infected and died of SARS.

Read “Chopin, Roman Polanski, and a cab” here.

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