I feel sorry for the guy sitting next to me on the plane to Houston, with me blowing my nose every five minutes. Still, right after take-off he falls asleep, and stays sound asleep for five hours. How does he do that?
I've read the paper, done some Chinese homework and then watched a couple of films. The second one is Contagion. It is about people like us who move around from place to place, spreading their contagion. Gwyneth Paltrow has a leading but very short-lived role. I don't want to spoil the film for anyone, but she's dead within the first ten minutes. After that, the characters are dropping like flies.
The disease spreads through people on buses, in schools, in casinos, on planes, through touching surfaces, coughing and sneezing. They don't even have to get on to people gathering at conferences, shaking hands or air-kissing. After watching the film I resolve to keep a clear metre away from everyone in meetings this weekend. And to be prepared for the next mass outbreak of a deadly virus, as soon as I get home, I'm going to fill up the freezer and put a few multi-packs of bottled water in the shed.