Fear of Pandemic Flu, brings people together!

Should we be grateful for the Bird Flu?

It seems that some good things may result from the expected Pandemic.

Kamala Hayman writing for the Stff.co.nz says that the threat of a deadly flu pandemic has resulted in a large increase in neighbourhood support groups in New Zealand.About 170 new groups were set up last year, taking the total to over 1900 in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.

Canterbury University associate history professor Geoffrey Rice said his research into the 1918 flu pandemic in New Zealand showed communities which organised themselves early had the lowest death rates.

Sick people, especially those who lived alone, could have their lives saved by their neighbours, he said.

“You can’t be responsible for everybody in your street but you can get to know your neighbours on either side and the three opposite.”

Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) chief medical officer Nigel Millar said neighbours should at least get each other’s phone numbers.

Here is the full article: http://www.stuff.co.nz/northland/3993032a7144.html


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