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 Virus: we don’t wish anyone ill—but…

13.02.20. You wouldn’t wish the coronavirus on your worst enemy—would you? Although, what is the government these days, your best friend—always there to give a helping  hand? Most of us might be rather ambivalent about that. However, the big house on the hill in Canberra, according to some of those languishing within, are starting to worry about viruses, particularly COVID-19—AKA coronavirus!
Forget the coronavirus (or COVID-19, as the World Health Organisation officially has named the deadly disease). Parliament House’s childcare centre is battling an outbreak of the highly contagious hand, foot and mouth disease. Not that anyone knows. The Department of Parliamentary Services, which runs the building, hasn’t officially informed the families of kids at the centre or notified all the building’s occupants. The childcare centre is next to the dining room used by those working in Parliament House. Known colloquially as the Trough, the dining room shares an outdoor courtyard with the cooped-up kids. 

Source: Alice Workman, “Struth”, News Corp

Outbreak at Parliament House

Few of the parents (including politicians) Strewth spoke to knew the common children’s virus — which causes a fever, sore throat, rash and blisters in the mouth, palms of hands and soles of the feet for a few weeks — was spotted last week when sitting resumed for 2020. According to NSW Health, it can be passed easily from person to person and usually causes a mild illness in children under 10, but it also can leave adults debilitated and bedridden. After three days of phone calls and emails, DPS refused to give us any information — such as how many kids are affected or what quarantine process had been put in place to prevent the spread of the disease — citing privacy reasons. One Labor MP pointed out: “Parliament House is a perfect breeding ground for a supervirus to spread. People bring all their germs from every part of the country into this giant, airconditioned building. It’s worse than a plane. It’s a cesspit for bacteria and infection.” Wash your hands, folks

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  • DT 13/02/2020, 5:49 am

    When AIDS was the centre of discussion I remember a medial professional described it as a cocktail of viruses and that if a person, theoretically of course, travelled the world and kissed a person at each point of departure by aircraft AIDS would be the most likely result.

  • Lorraine 13/02/2020, 6:36 am

    there is more that ails the Parliament than a child hood sniffle. Penny Wong decided the ugly side of the chambers to get the dross on the PM and the sports rorts. It finally went down like a lead balloon, the fact the left ,felt it was doable ,is shame on them.

  • Deano 13/02/2020, 11:41 am

    Their ABC tell us that anyone wanting to avoid Corona Virus is a racist.

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