November 8, 2009

H1N1 flu and the lesson of Eyam

My essay in Today's Woman this month is about responding to H1N1 flu. In the essay I mention the village of Eyam in Derbyshire (where my father's from orginally). The bubonic plague arrived with a shipment of cloth, and the village quarantined itself, thus saving the north of England from the plague. This postcard shows the important places around the village except for the Rose Cottage, which is either is Eyam or something I dreamed into existence. Silvia Habib did her usual magic with the illustration. If Santa can wash his hands in a birdbath, the rest of us can certainly do so in warm water ten times a day. Clean hands are the first line of defense; and quarantining yourself until your fever has been gone for 24 hours is the second.

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