HK Magazine Archive

MERS Obstacle Course

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 June, 2015, 3:54pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:43pm
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) made its first appearance in Hong Kong last week, thanks to an infected South Korean man who flew through the airport and made his way to Huizhou by bus. Think you’ve got what it takes to leapfrog moral obligations and government obstacles while carrying a deadly disease? Use this quiz to find out: 
So you have a runaway fever, cough, headache, chills, sore throat, runny nose, and feel nauseous. You should: 
a) Go to the doctor—there’s nothing a small 
sack of antibiotics won’t shift.
b) Call your mom: she’ll know what to do!
c) Get on Asiana Airlines Flight OZ723 to Hong Kong, potentially infecting people in close proximity... so basically everyone in economy.
Assuming you’ve gone with the obvious choice, “C,” you’ve now safely landed in Hong Kong. When you get off the plane and make your way towards customs, a concerned nurse stops to take your temperature. When she notices that you have a fever you:
a) Feel grateful—finally some sympathy. Everyone on the plane just kept complaining whenever you sprayed the cabin with phlegm.
b) Call your mom: she’ll know what to do!
c) Assure the meddling nurse that you feel fine despite your fever. Press on into the crowded streets of Hong Kong. Now if you can only find that bus to Huizhou...
Success! You’ve avoided the snooping nurse but this fever keeps climbing up the mercury. There’s only one thing to do. Clearly, you should: 
a) Do a round of shots in LKF—you read somewhere that alcohol kills germs.  
b) Call your mom: she’ll know what to do! 
c) Wipe the sweat from your feverish brow and move along. You have a bus to catch to Huizhou! 
You hear news of a miscreant who hopped on a plane en route to Huizhou, potentially infecting dozens of others with MERS. Oh, no, they’re onto you! You should:
a) Check into a five-star in Huizhou and get some much-needed (and deserved!) R&R till it all blows over. 
b) Call your mom: she’ll know what to do!
c) Turn yourself in and face criminal prosecution for failing to declare a medical condition on arrival and endangering dozens of lives. But let’s be honest: it’ll be much less of a bureaucratic hassle to just hop on another plane and get the hell out!