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Seven days at home but feeling fine

A WOMAN who has been confined to her home because her daughter was on the same flight as the Mexican who fell ill with swine flu will be able to get out and about soon.

Hu Meiyun, 50, received a call from Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention last Friday saying her daughter was being sent to Nanhui District for medical observation and that Hu should stay home.

Hu used to get up early in the morning, go jogging, fetch groceries and walk her dog.

Over the past week she still got up early, but exercised at home while residential committee staff got her food and daily necessities and even walked her dog.

She killed time by cooking, reading and weaving, watching TV and checking the stock market on the Internet.

"Everything is fine," said Hu, who lives on Honggu Road in Changning District.

"It is just that I can't go where I want to and that restricts my freedome and makes me bored."

Epidemic prevention workers disinfected her home, as well as public places around, such as the elevators and passages.

The workers then gave her disinfectant and instructions on how to use it and Tamiflu tablets to take.

Doctors from Xianxia Community Hospital would check on her twice a day.

The residential committee made sure she and her 88-year-old mother had everything they needed.

Yesterday morning, Hu asked for yogurt and fruit.

Wearing masks, the staff went into the building, left the food at the door, rang the bell, backed off a few steps and waited.

Hu and her mother came to the door wearing masks and rubber gloves. She said they were both well. "The committee staff is kind and considerate. I'm very grateful," she said.

"My mother is 88 years old and in poor health," said Hu, "She has to take 15 kinds of medicines a day. We had to call ambulances from time to time in the past.

"Fortunately, she is feeling well these days," she said.

Neighbors were not concerned about the quarantine, the committee staff said. A woman who lives downstairs said: "We have a lot of experience after SARS."

Hu and her mother are among 83 people under quarantine at home in Shanghai.

They will all be allowed to leave their homes tomorrow after the quarantine period ends.


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