Today we are interviewing Me:
Ye, lifelong Chinese citizen and student, who is here to tell us about the coronavirus situation in China currently.
What problems did this outbreak cause in China? What was the most difficult part of the quarantine?
The most difficult part of the quarantine was definitely not being able to just go outside and do the regular daily routine. Schools shut down and adults couldn’t go to work. All we did was stay at home.
How did you manage to go back to normal life? Was it just people getting more conscious?
It was both the people and the authorities doing their part. As the outbreak got worse, people realised that this was a serious matter and followed the protocol. The authorities, of course, held each other accountable.
Could you tell us a little bit how was the situation when the news first came out?
At first, people were confused. It was very sudden and we didn’t know anything about the virus, so we just thought that it wasn’t a big deal. Then it started to spread and we started to panic.
Your views on how other countries are handling their situation?
I only know about the US and the situation there doesn’t look very good. Some people are just ignoring everything and still being careless. The US definitely won’t be as easy to shut down as China was.
Could you give a few suggestions to people whose countries are just starting to get affected by the virus?
Not much. Just what the media is already saying: wash your hands thoroughly, don’t go outside as much but if you do, make sure to keep a safe distance from other people. Now it’s up to them if they want to listen to it or not.