Awareness is key to personal health
There have been many outbreaks in recent years claiming many lives. The latest H1N1 virus is one of them. The scariest thing is that these new diseases are alien to us. They have never existed before and scientists are only starting to learn about them.
To protect ourselves, we must pay special attention to our personal habits.
Unfortunately, there are many people who don't care. But in my opinion, people should be more concerned and shouldn't ignore the dangers. New diseases can be particularly harmful to those with weaker immunity, such as children and the elderly.
Raising awareness of personal hygiene is the most important thing, and parents and teachers should make sure they educate the young. An outbreak is terrifying and no one wants it to happen. Julia Huang, Leung Shek Chee College
From the Editor
Thanks for your letter, Julia. Diseases can be scary, but we are not powerless against them. Firstly, as the authorities have been telling us, washing our hands is an important step to preventing the spread of disease.
Secondly, we need to be aware of the symptoms of the disease and if we feel unwell, wear a mask. Generally speaking, masks don't protect us, but they can protect others from our germs.
Thirdly, we need to cover our nose and mouth if we cough or sneeze, and then wash our hands again.