H1N1 virus: a disease that hits all of us
Excerpt from September 1st Editorial
President Alvaro Uribe’s illness brings the H1N1 pandemic once again to our attention, reminding us that the issue concerns us all. To take care of one’s health is to watch out for the health and wellbeing of our community, in an attitude that is as civic and healthy as it is responsible.
The fact that Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez became patient number 621 in the country to test positive for the H1N1 virus reaffirms two essential aspects of the disease. The first is that this virus can attack anyone, regardless of their age or occupation. The second is that the way in which every person and institution handles the situation, from acknowledging symptoms to treating it and following doctors’ orders, is crucial to the subsequent development of the illness.