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Fred C. – My experiences in China since January 1, 2020

My name is Fred and I am a U.S. citizen who has lived in and worked in China since August of 2011. I am a teacher at one of the top universities in China. Prior to moving to China, I had worked in different professional roles in several industries in the U.S. My previous background is in business.

I want to discuss what my experiences have been during these past few months, specifically in regard to the Corona Virus, how it has affected me and my wife, and what I have witnessed regarding the combined efforts made, by both the Chinese government and Chinese people, to contain the virus, treat patients, and prevent the spread of the virus.

I voluntarily put myself into self-quarantine in my home in Chengdu, Sichuan, on January 24, 2020. This was my own decision since I am older. At that time, my wife also went into self-quarantine and her son, who was visiting from Shanghai, also went into quarantine. We all did this because we thought it was the smart and safe thing to do. We monitored the situation daily on all the internet sites in China, as well as some overseas sites, since I wanted to know what was being discussed and done by those outside China.

What I have seen and experienced does not match everything that I see and read from western media, especially that from the U.S. I believe that the Chinese people have taken this situation much more seriously than their western counterparts. In fact, much of what I see from the U.S. seems ridiculous regarding protection, self-isolation, bad advice, and a general attitude of selfishness and ignorance. It seems that many don’t think this virus is a serious threat to life and many others don’t care, because their personal or business financial situations are so poor that they cannot survive even one month without suffering.

What I have personally experienced in China is community representatives coming to my home to ask about our welfare and monitor our health conditions, as well as our building and community having all public areas disinfected, and requiring health cards to enter/exit our gates. Additionally, no delivery company personnel or other non-residents are allowed into our community. We have to go to our gate to pick up deliveries. Speaking of deliveries, the ability to order almost everything online and have it delivered within 30 minutes to 24 hours is amazing and a convenience we have grown to love in China.

My wife and I have been very careful to wear masks, eye covering/glasses, and sometimes disposable gloves when going out. My wife also disinfects everything with medical grade alcohol and hands are washed frequently if we leave our apartment.

I left my apartment for the first time on April 25thto go to the Apple store to buy a new iPad Mini 5 because my old iPad stopped working correctly. It was the first time I had left my apartment since January 24th. In total, I was in self-quarantine slightly over 90 days. I noticed that when entering the shopping center, our photos were taken and our temperature checked automatically. At the Apple store, there was an employee manually checking everyone’s temperature and customers were only allowed to enter if there was enough room to allow for one to two meters of space between people. Everyone that I saw was wearing a mask and still taking this situation seriously.

All I can say is that I feel that people in China have taken this situation very seriously and those who haven’t have been punished. Because of this combined effort between the Chinese government and people, Wuhan is now open again and Chengdu is mostly back to normal. I still teach my university students online, but that has proven to be a good system. My students from Wuhan and other areas around China all seem to be doing well and we’re looking forward to going back to normal classes soon.

I can also say that I feel safer being in China at this time than I would be in the U.S. because people here are taking things seriously. I’m very disappointed in the U.S. and other western media and governments regarding making unsubstantiated claims about the situation in China because from my experience, most of what is reported is not accurate and sometimes not true.

I would hope that everyone around the world will learn from this situation and instead of trying to find blame, we all find a way to work together in the future to secure safety and economic stability for everyone worldwide.

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