oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Coughs and sneezes - : a lateral view



When in April, it was announced to the world that the dreaded influenza pandemic may have arrived, I chanced to be watching Sky News with my elder brother and his wife. While the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minister of Health for Mexico were departing pearls of public health wisdom, my aforementioned sibling , a firm fan of all things comic, especially classic British comedy like The Goons and Tony Hancock (I confess also to preferring rather Ron and Eth and the Men from the Ministry on Springbok Radio - even though, I must add for the sake of mid-life vanity that TV had been allowed into South Africa for some time - to the rather wholesomely depressing Little House on the Prairie, the somewhat creepy John Boy in The Waltons followed by the World at War or some documentary on the Great Trek), immediately broke into song, just as Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock had done to the tune of the German National Anthem no less, while self-righteously waiting to donate his 'good British blood' in one of his most famous 'Half Hours', the Blood Donor.


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