Yesterday, Hong Kong lifted its week-long quarantine at the Metropark Hotel in Wan Chai where a Mexican swine flu patient had stayed. Even with -- touch wood -- no one else infected by that single patient here in Hong Kong, the fear and caution, even paranoia, over swine flu that has overcome much of the populace here is understandable: Hong Kong is considered SARS' "ground zero", after all.
The Sever Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) pandemic -- which struck in 2003 -- had a 17% fatality rate in Hong Kong, killing 368 people, many of them health care workers. In memory of them, there was erected a Fighting SARS Memorial in the Tai Chi Garden of Hong Kong Park, one of the city's centrally located green lungs.
However beautiful it is, let's hope that that memorial won't need to have a companion any time soon... So, my message this week to my fellow Photo Hunt participants (and other visitors to this blog): Stay healthy wherever you are, people!