My MC has somehow managed to conveniently miss an apocalyptic virus wiping out millions of people around the world, and the subsequent mass evacuations to save the survivors - so much so his own wife is evacuated and he only finds out when he goes home to find a scribbled note. The timescale is at least six weeks. Any ideas on how this could happen? I've ruled out a coma already. Now I'm thinking maybe he's been on a fishing ship in the north Atlantic or North Sea (he's based in North East England). He's a writer (writing his first novel, how very postmodern of me ) so I think maybe he's tagged along on some ship in the middle of nowhere to write it. Is this even remotely plausable?