Deserted streets. Hardly ever one or two lonely pedestrians, with their faces wrapped in bandages, hastily cross the street and hurry back to their houses, afraid to spend an extra minute outside. They won’t touch each other with a ten-foot pole, won’t talk to each other even if they are good friends, they just hustle by each other.
People are in panic. People won’t get out from their homes, their TVs and radios mutter dark… something about a disastrous epidemic… something about fatal outcomes… something about the cure… None of these “somethings” sound assuring anymore.
Yes, you can leave your house if you wish. But first comes a long protecting procedures – ointments, flu masks, bandages… whatever you’ve got – anything will do. And you think this will save you? Hardly… You want to check on your brother, living right here, just outside the city. You just need to know that he is fine, that he still hasn’t got THAT. But you cannot do even this. You cannot get outside of this city. You cannot get outside of this place. You cannot get outside of this world. You are in a trap.
Kids, instead of going to schools or playing outside, sit at home, watching boring news, that their desperate parents are literally hypnotized with. The TVs in every house are switched to the same program. News.
And you know what is worst of all? The worst thing is ignorance. You have no idea what’s going on, who to blame, who to ask for help and when it will end off. And will it?
This might have been a scenario to a Hollywood science fiction movie, or a backstage to a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game, but it’s not. This is all more than real. This is Ukraine with the Californian flu today…
P.S. Don’t be fooled with the mood, it’s not that disastrous as it sounds, but the whole situation, unfortunately, is true.
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