The local primary school has two classes closed with influenza at the moment and it's just started to do the rounds.
Both the local kinders have mumps wreaking havoc to class numbers.
The school in the next town has a contagious stomach virus going around. So does one of the schools in Matsumoto.
Two kinders in Matsumoto that I teach children from have chicken pox outbreaks.
Someone was absent from class last week with a streptococcal infection.
The majority of my classes are teaching kids in the 1-8 year old range. Kids who want to high five me and pull at my hand to get my attention and wipe their noses on their sleeves and stick their fingers in their mouths and their noses and get excited when they speak and spray it rather than just say it.
I feel like I'm being attacked on all fronts. Ducking sneezes and coughs and spit and pathogens from all sides.
So far (touch wood!) with OCD like gargling and hand washing and liberal gifting of tissues to anyone who starts sniffing in my classes I am sickness free. But it's probably just a matter of time...
I really think people underestimate how dangerous being a kids' English teacher is. I know I did!