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The two news reports followed one after another, so contradictory that the announcer himself had to make an effort to hide his discomfort. In the first they talked about the crowds of people this coming May First, while the second announced an alert regarding a possible epidemic of swine flu. As of Tuesday afternoon a number of timely preventative measures are being taking throughout the country. However, the intention of bringing together nearly a million people in the parade this coming Friday, stands.
My experience with colds and flu-like illnesses tells me that a huge mass of people is the scenario most conducive to their spread. The announced measures should include, for the minimum protection, the postponement or cancellation of the festivities for International Workers’ Day. I don’t want to create unnecessary alarm. I don’t know anyone who is infected and an official statement has been released saying that there are no recorded cases of this disease, but remember they told us the same thing for a long time about AIDS, before finally confessing that it had entered Cuba, not to mention keeping secret the number of dengue fever cases each year.
With all humility, I ask the Cuban government to re-think the idea of bringing together thousands of people at this time. Please, show less concern about the spectacle and more protection for the citizenry.