Monday, June 8, 2009

Residence Hall Made into Isolation Unit for Swine Flu

Elder Darin Knudsen in his weekly letter home this week has given us some new information about where missionaries are being quarantined at the MTC due to the swine flue outbreak:

Have you guys heard about the swine flu?! Ha Ha its like a zoo here! Nobody dares do any bodily function for fear of being sentenced to 4M!!! (4M is like the prison for all the sick people. they have taken a whole residence building and made it isolation!!! Its crazy, our zone leader said he felt a little bit sick and we haven't seen him all week! Its the same building as the barborshop so today when I got my haircut we went up one flight of stairs and signs were saying DO NOT ENTER UNLESS YOU LIVE HERE. MISSIONARIES STAY AWAY. I talked to someone who talked to one of the missionaries in there and he said they had to talk through a small window but the kid in isolation said I feel fine but they wont let me out!! They are all so lonely in there. they just stare out the windows ha ha you can see them at night. we actually got a letter form our district president from the inside that said its like a zoo in there. A lot of the Missionaries are not keeping the rules!! ha ha I was actually way sick last week but i never told anyone for fear of 4M. Whats the news in the outside world on the swine flu. I'm not worried i'm tough as nails. Its actually way way funny!! Its totally helped lighten the mood here. And they equiped us with inhailers ha ha to fight sickness!! Its pretty serious. you can't even leave your room if your sneezing or coughing or anything!! Its funny. Oh and it helps that mom sent me with all this allergy medicine and EMERGEN-C's so thanks mom.) Sorry this letter is kinda scattered, this little red clock in the corner that is counting down is stressing me out!!!! > Anyway, my flight plans and travel plans have stayed the same. originally they weren't going to let us out of here untill the 15th but I think they know it would be best to get out of this MTC de Muerte!! but they gave me a call home pass to tell you this so let me know if you want me to call home and when. It can only be five minutes though, but when I travel I can call whoever whenever so make sure EVERYONE is by there phones on the 11th!!
It looks like they are sending a few missionaries out in to the field and revising the idea to keep them longer.

6 comments:

Jan said...

I think overreaction is the word for the day up there.

Raymond Teodo a.k.a. was_bedeutet_jemanden said...

So would this explain why they stopped sending missionaries to our ward in Australia? We've had more missionaries being sent home at the moment than missionaries coming into the field, which was why our area was closed off....

Samuel Bradshaw said...

It's good that they're being cautious. Hundreds of missionaries flying in and out daily at the MTC, to and from thousands of places around the globe – if there's one place to be careful, the MTC is it.

Merrill said...

Elder Knudsen you show your immaturity. Evidently everything is funny .. haha. By being "tough as nails" and not telling anyone you're sick you make the efforts to stomp out the illnesses ineffective. For those who want to make it all out as over-reaction, what impact do you think it will have in communities and countries to distribute any illness through the Lord's missionary force, especially with the heightened health awareness. It seems prudent to me rather than an over-reaction, and I appreciate that they are taking actions to protect the health of the Missionaries. I'm sure this is not done lightly as it impacts their logistics considerably.

Marissa Coles said...

Whoa Merrill- be kind to the 19 yr old.

But I do agree with you on on thing, by not telling anyone you were sick, you made the MTC's efforts useless.

By the way, Emergene-C will not help you fight the swine flu.

Anonymous said...

Just think of the publicity nightmare that would happen if LDS missionaries were being sent out to other countries and they were at any way linked to the swine flu. Thank goodness someone is thinking and being precautious.