Idols And Swine Flu Don’t Mix

Last season’s top two “American Idols” contenders, winner David Cook and runner-up David Archuleta, were this close to being arrested Wednesday after flying into Manila, Philippines.

What did those bad boys do? They didn’t check in with Philippine health authorities to make sure they don’t have swine flu. Although there hasn’t been a reported case of swine flu in the Philippines, the country is playing it safe and requiring that everyone entering the country complete mandatory health checks.

Edgardo Sabitsana, director of the quarantine bureau, said that after the Davids skipped the health checks at the airport, officials met up with them at their hotel Thursday and reminded them they can be arrested if they don’t comply with the country’s swine flu rules.

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Hard Rock Cafe, New York, N.Y.

“We had to mention the authority of the quarantine bureau … that we can do something if they refuse,” Sabitsana said.

He added that the guys were “very receptive, they were very cooperative.”

In addition to filling out a health checklist, Cook and Archuleta have to report their temperatures at least twice a day before performing at Manila’s Mall of Asia on Saturday.

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Hard Rock Cafe, New York, N.Y.

Taking their temperature twice a day? Why stop there? Why not every hour? Every half-hour? They should probably perform with a thermometer in the mouths, well, underneath flu masks, naturally.

The “Idols” were also told to keep a distance of six feet from other people and to use hand sanitizers.

Swine flu has infected 6,600 individuals in 33 countries and killed at least 69 people.

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