Anonymous 5m 1,138 #covid19
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One week ago, when I was browsing the Tik Tok, a video that an Asian reporter asked Donald Trump the prevention measures of testing made by the White House and she was received the answer to ask China, really drew my attention. The memory of this misery pandemics was almost fading, for work and production have already resumed in China and trending topics mentioned less about newly diagnosed cases. Life seems never change only when I am reminded of wearing my mask do I realize I have went though the jail-like life. If not thinking about coming back to school, I could barely aware of the negative impact of this epidemics on my life.
2020 should be a prospective year. A paralleled number is difficult to meet especially when it comes to February two. Chinese appreciate such coincidence. 20200202 for them is an auspicious day to memorize something special. A lot of love birds chose this day to get married. If the pandemics had never happened before, we would spend a casual but happy new year. The whole family would stay together gathering to watch Chunwan and we would be going to scan the Chinese character fu (福,blessing)and waited patiently to open the red enveloped on the eve of Chines New Year. We would make a wish with the bell ringing at 12 and receive lucky money from adults, looking forward to the coming year.
No one had ever thought of few cases appearing in Wuhan stirring up huge troubles in our life. In December 2019, I browsed Weibo as usual and a trending hashtag “ Wuhan possible appearing new virus” didn’t draw my attention for spring always goes with flu. I even applied for being a volunteer on the first World Cup Winter Triathlon in Harbin. Until 8th, I took train home to spend my winter vacation. I had planned my vacation and booked the airline ticket to Hainan, the south most province where sunshine and beach appeals to a sea of people taking their vacation. My boyfriend would give me a warm welcome better than the cozy weather in Haikou, the homeland of him. Staying at home did not make me sit around. I found a part-time job being a tutor for a junior high school student with English course. I was patient to count the day closing to the date that I came to him and imagined our happy times together. Things turned upside down when each time I swept the phone I could read the information about the epidemics in Wuhan. Social media, news and office accounts on Wechat reported the emergence of the virus. Experts called on the commons wearing a mask when it was necessary to go outsides and stressed the way of spearing constantly.
I am living in Jiangxi province, adjacent to Hubei which is the center of epidemics. Young people there were firstly alert to the signal and started wearing masks while our parents thought we overreacted. Lunar New Year was coming and I suspended my tutoring. Everyday we could see the soaring number of newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases and death tolls in Wuhan. The first day of New Year, many places started to seal off from the outside world to prevent the spread of new coronavirus. Two days later, the municipal government declared a travel ban. Some planning to return to the village for the new year was trapped out away home. We were not allowed to visit our relatives(a traditional New year custom) and officers in local government broadcast the danger of public gathering and criticized someone who broke the rules everyday. I was in the countryside with my family which made me feel much better. Masks had already rolling off the shelves days ago. Each cough from my throat made me nervous.
Every day new death, confirmed cases and suspected cases were rising rapidly. Parents and grandparents started to take it seriously for everyone in the village talked about this and occasionally brought back some rumor that something could prevent the attack of conoravirus. Some ridiculous methods like smoking can kill the virus were strongly criticized by me. Staying at home and following the guideline were all we could do.
My part-time job suspended. The time back to school was also delayed. At the same time, there was no possibility for me to visit my boyfriend. I had discovered that being cooped up inside did not mean I had to give up my romance dream. Everyday we exchanged our worries about infection and counted the days we might meet. Thanks to all the hard works made by government and frontline health workers, there appeared a turning point one month later.
In the late of February, the number of newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases in China had decrease sharply and some provinces and cities had zero diagnoses. This was really exciting news for we had stayed at home like centuries, which also caused many people to be more relaxed in public. Public gatherings frequently mentioned in the trending topics and social media especially official account denounced this sort of actions and called on coming back home for the infection point had not yet arrived,which meant people still need to be vigilant. Anyway, things became better. I thought we might see each other soon. However, minster of Ministry of Education did not agree with me. My courses were transferred online. What I was demanded to do everyday was to submit my health situation at an app and have classes on time. Life was so boring. During the spare time, I would swipe videos about food making and did some workout and of course chatted with my boyfriend. It was so dark of that period. I was not the one who enjoyed staying at home. Occasionally, I read classics to calm myself down and watched videos published by school to ease my anxiety.
In the middle of March, things got much better. There was no new cases in Hubei. The side-aside travel plan started on schedule. I took a great risk to fly to Hainan late in March with the imported COVID-19 was increasing. Anyway, I was from an area with low risk to another low risk place. Even though, I should give an proper reason to my councilor for school would take a record of the changing location. Wherever I went in Hainai, I should show my health QR code and be measured my temperature,then I can enter in…
Life on Hainai was leisure and unforgettable. However, the rising imported diagnosed cases backed to China. Some provinces were severely afflicted areas. Small town where I lived got rid of troubles and backed to normal life. I suppose I might not resume classed this semester. However, I do know life is promising because we made it in the fight against COVID-19.