Working on a freelance field producing assignment for ABC, GMA, this weekend I interviewed the Texas family whose H.S. son has contracted "swine flu", and this morning when we went back to do a Live shot, the family had received news the Father and daughter were also confirmed positive. All, however, are doing very well and have been -per health dept.- on "TamiFlu" since Thurs. The family lives in Cibolo, about 30 minutes north of San Antonio towards Austin.
Here's how our freelance crew handled the field coverage: We wore N95 face masks, gloves, and used hand disinfectants. We also decided to dispose of ear pieces used during the interview, and have sanitized all equipment only as a precaution.
We had to set up lights, camera, communications and sound for four people while wearing the protective gear, not fun under the Texas humid weather. We used a boom mic rather than individual lav mics, also on the side of caution. That said, our crew was also very careful, and used an abundance of tactfulness to make sure the family felt comfortable at all times during the whole process.
We are happy to report the Texas family is doing well, and were very gracious throughout. They also wore masks during the interview for our protection. This was an ABC Exclusive interview, you can see the complete story at ABC.com.
Here's part of GMA live report from the same ABC website: