Chik-V spreading because victims won't stay home
THE EDITOR, Sir:Now that the ball has been dropped on this chikungunya virus, I would like to raise some points I think the Government should look at.
We all know that this virus is spread by a mosquito and that mosquitoes move from place to place. With that being said, why are infected persons still going out to work and school?
It is my view that this is the reason why more people are being infected. The infected persons are not taking the time to recover, and as soon as some symptoms go, they are back in the population. I know this may be due to lost time and not being paid if they miss work, but this is ridiculous. The infected students at schools are not given special accommodation to make up for lost time. The Government really needs to address this problem.
If people are infected, the Government needs to make some provision that their jobs are protected. In the case of schools, principals must make special provisions for these students. I know of a case where a student cannot fully recover as the school is adding tremendous pressure, to the extent that the child is stressed.
If people continue to return to work or school before recovering, this virus will continue to spread.
The Government also needs to look at the tremendous strains on people's pockets. People cannot afford to buy the things needed to recover. There needs to be a temporary tax relief or something to help people. We are in an epidemic, which allows for such things to happen.
The bottom line is that we have to take all the steps necessary to stop the spread of this virus. People who are sick must be made to stay home. Government needs to enforce that as a rule. Employers should not be able to terminate these people's jobs.
Schools must put in a make-up programme for sick students and stop stressing them out with more work.
Mona Heights, Kingston 6