Opinion: Social alienation drove me away from Shanghai's COVID-19


On the last day of the Spring Festival travel boom, passengers were seen at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, because the country had a new coronavirus outbreak in Shanghai, China on February 18, 2020. REUTERS / Aly Song [19659002] ALY SONG
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North America is finally beginning to realize the severity of the COVID-19 virus. A few weeks ago, news headlines from abroad seemed interesting about how people reacted to the spread of the virus, a situation that has caused irony in memes and late-night TV dramas. This will never reach us … right?

I have recently returned from China. Three days after I arrived in Shanghai to spend the Spring Festival with my grandmother in January, the social alienation policy came into effect. Social alienation has separated me from COVID-2019 in Shanghai. We must do the same in Canadian cities.

I spent almost the next two weeks indoors. Like everyone else in Shanghai, I avoid going out unless absolutely necessary. We measure the temperature every day and stay alert while we wait for more news and instructions from the local government. The packages with groceries and takeaways I ordered on my phone filled me with joy every day. On the eighth day, I caved in and went out for coffee. I'm terrible, I know.

Fortunately, I got a seat on the last flight departing from Shanghai, but when I landed in Montreal on the last leg of my flight after two health and temperature checks, Relieved. I took two transfers at Shanghai Airport, only briefly. Although I no longer live under the social alienation measures imposed by the government, I feel vulnerable in Montreal because I find that the public is barely aware of this wildfire-like epidemic. The general view is: "In Asia, the number of cases has been increasing and we certainly don't have to worry about it."

Since returning to Montreal, I have been following Chinese and Western media coverage of the virus. While the Chinese news cycle has repeatedly reiterated the number of cases, patients, deaths, travel restrictions, and medical supply shortages, Western media touts calm and rationality to provide people with comforting fresh air.

Even now, when I talk about social alienation measures, I have always been skeptical. People answer "Why? Shouldn't I work? Do I not see my friends? I have to put my life on hold.

Yes, our life will be put on hold, yes, I will still have no reservations To experience all of this again, because our cities need to work together. Everyone's operation so that it can slow down its spread. It is difficult to imagine that your life will be paused for three weeks, especially for those at low risk and may be engaged Many young people working at the minimum wage. Now is the time for us to abandon personal interests and unite collective interests, and we can finally curb the spread of the virus.

This is only temporary, and I almost certainly won't have such an excuse anymore Become a complete family for two weeks in a row. I am ready to catch up with Netflix shows, read a good book, and practice some much-needed self-care.

The goal of social alienation is clear, and the method is clear. Now school Cancelled, it will not be easy to make a group of friends.

However, the Chinese people did this and lived People in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan have done it.

Be vigilant about health and take social alienation measures not only for you, but also for greater social welfare-we overburden medical staff to fight on the front lines , The elderly, people with respiratory diseases and

Emily Yun is a fresh graduate of McGill University and lives in Montreal.

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