-60 million people on lock down
-The Beijing Education Commission has postponed the start date for the spring semester for all public primary, secondary and universities to try to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus until further notice
– The USA, France and Japan are arranging transportation home for personnel in Wuhan
– Hong Kong is providing temporary housing for quarantined people,
– Hong Kong and Shanghai Disney are closed
– Taiwan suspended Visa applications for Chinese applicants
– Chinese authorities are punishing vendors for trading wild animals
– Masks are sold out across the globe
– and Sam’s Club is out of vegetables.
My friend Jayne and I braved the elements, (the virus and the horrendous air quality) and walked to Sam’s Club to ready ourselves for our continued “quarantine.”
Baskets were full and shelves were empty. Shopper’s faces were covered with masks. I had already decided I wasn’t going to touch a basket with my bare hands, but it didn’t matter as there weren’t any empty baskets to use anyway. There weren’t people distributing samples this time.
A virus in China is like saying its going to snow in Oklahoma and Oklahoman’s know what that is like! Everyone rushes to the store and buys up all the bread, eggs and milk. In China, all the vegetables are gone.
How long will it take to get this situation under control? How many people will become infected? Is it going to get worse before it gets better? Travelers will begin returning to China soon with the end of the holiday upon us.
Our school requires all teachers to return to Beijing by February 2 so that a 14 day quarantine period can be initiated before the current start date of February 17 where we are scheduled to return to school. We are just watching to see how everything unfolds, I guess.
This holiday I did not travel, of all holidays, this is the one where I would have loved to get out of China. I had planned on a trip to Italy but things transpired at home that cost more money and heartache than I was expecting, so I put the Italy trip on hold. I had considered going home for Chinese New Year but the tickets were too expensive and the tax laws are too strict. So here I sit, right in the midst of a deadly coronavirus outbreak.
Things happen for a reason, so they say. Life sucks if you let it, so maybe I should count my blessings that I am not traveling with hundreds of people coughing and sneezing on an airplane. I know that I wouldn’t have had a mask with me and apparently they are sold out across the globe.
So for now I will sit and watch the news wondering if it is real or fake, keep bleaching my floors, leave my shoes in the hallway, wash my clothes as soon as I walk in the door, count how many times I cough in a day, take my Vitamin C, sip on my Ther-a-Flu, watch Netflix and Hulu, and will keep looking for messages from home.