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How to cure the swine flu blues

If you feel in need of a nice morale booster after a week of hell dealing with the swine flu, where better to turn than the Emergency Medicine Journal.

By Ian Quinn

If you feel in need of a nice morale booster after a week of hell dealing with the swine flu, where better to turn than the Emergency Medicine Journal.

It argues that it is vital to give frontline NHS workers a morale uplift in such times of crisis, listing 10 essential lessons from the recent

SARS epidemic in the far east.

Among them, it says, is that staff should consider repeating what medical workers in Hong Kong did during that particular crisis-not returning home for up to three months in a bid to curb the risk of passing on the infection to family and friends.

The guidance recommends NHS staff might need to consider similar options, including making alternative arrangements for the care of children or elderly relatives.

So that's a nice little morale booster for you then. Imagine getting to stay in a nice hotel for a few months, away from the nagging partner, the mother-in-law and those pesky little kids.

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