They are survivors, essential workers, and experts trying to understand the physical and emotional effects of the coronavirus. They make up a tapestry of people and provide views on what the first few months of the pandemic and the recovery in China mean.
A year after the blockade of Covid-19 in Wuhan, China, we, the world’s first and still one of the toughest cities, spoke to six people at the height of their outbreak. We asked them to explain what they were doing. It was over.
These interviews have been edited and summarized for clarity.
One day in August, the manager reminded us that drivers must always wear a mask, no matter how much the situation improves. Personally, I don’t know if it’s PTSD, but I always wear a mask. I’m probably the only screwdriver in our company who always uses hand sanitizer in his pocket on a regular basis.
I always thought I wasn’t afraid of death. But during the epidemic, I realized I was afraid of it. I missed my wife, my five-year-old twin boy, and my father very much. I wondered what to do if I got over this.
So, after the blockade was lifted, my first idea was to go home. I stayed for 2 months. I used to stay for a couple of days, maybe a week, and then hurry back. I don’t make much money, and my heart has always been to make more. But now my thinking has changed. If you make a little more money, what will you use it for?
I never thought that this sudden epidemic would be a situation of gratitude to everyone. I was shocked. Did you respect people like experts, scholars and celebrities? How can I get to the deliveryman? I was very happy.
Now things are back to what they were last year. This is human nature.
Zhang YongjinThe virologist, contrary to the orders of the Chinese government, received great official pressure after releasing the complete sequence of the new coronavirus on January 11, last year.He remains Absent from the story of Beijing In contrast to Zhong Nanshan, government-appointed doctors celebrated that many experts have announced that they already understand how the country defeated the virus: the virus Humans get infected..
At that time, I made four discoveries about the virus. One was like SARS. Second, it was a new coronavirus. Most importantly, the virus was transmitted through the respiratory tract. I also thought it was more infectious than the influenza virus. Still, I thought it could spread from human to human.
If more experts had shared my opinion from the beginning, we might not have had to say anything about Zhong Nanshan.
Whether in the United States or China, we need to develop a group of critics, the true scientists in this field. China really needs it. Zhong Nanshan is old. Who is next to dare to tell the truth? You need to have enough courage to tell the truth.
Since then, I have faced some difficulties in funding my work and programs. But I don’t regret what I did. I trusted myself. I have so much experience and my team has made so many discoveries over the years that I was able to make accurate decisions.
I hope you can mention one thing. My wife died on October 13, 2019. We got married in 1989 and have been together for 30 years. It is thanks to my wife’s support that I have contributed to society.
Blair Zhong, 34, was one of the hundreds of Americans evacuated from Wuhan. Published a visual diary In February, she recorded her quarantine at a military base in California. She is currently in Austin, Texas, working as an event planner and nanny.
After Wuhan locked down, I was nervous and anxious. Things got really scary when I heard rumors that people would die. There was a report that the United States was evacuating citizens, so I called the consulate. I decided to go and said goodbye to my mother and grandparents.
The day I left the quarantine, there was a woman coughing non-stop behind me in line at San Diego Airport. I remember thinking it was a bad sign at the time, but I felt that the virus couldn’t spread badly here. Everything was normal again.
However, I started buying toilet paper in March and the panic recurred. The situation was stable in China, and my Chinese friends began to ridicule, “Are you regret coming back now?” One of my college friends in Wuhan sent me a package of goggles and masks.
I became more calm and paid more attention to my life. I accept everything when it comes. I aim to be more environmentally friendly.
When Wuhan focused on fighting the coronavirus, 29-year-old Zhao Qian struggled to get treatment for her newborn daughter with a life-threatening heart disease.
At that time, the hospital was not accepting patients, including our daughter. We worked hard and used as many resources and connections as possible. And only through our efforts could we save our daughter’s life. All doctors were on the front lines.
But overall, the national policy was very good. I remember some volunteers still helping me buy food when all the supermarkets were closed. I think the country was very powerful, no matter how unpleasant hearsay or rumors it was. The people of Wuhan are very safe now. It’s very encouraging.
Any Chinese should be very proud. No matter how hard it may be, even if there is a serious outbreak that cannot be controlled in other countries, I think that if the people are unified, we can overcome anything.
Lei Wuming, a 50-year-old professor of psychology at Wuhan University of Technology, has begun hosting a funeral on WeChat, a popular messaging app, to provide a way for sad families to mourn.
At that time, I was like a priest hosting these funerals. I was also a psychologist. I helped the family create an atmosphere to express their sorrow. The first is to express their sadness, and the second is to cherish their memories.
It brought the family closer. They remembered the same memories and the same people, which made their relationship closer. They were flocking together to keep them warm.
The family has set up a chat group. Then I will join. I played funeral music and then gave a speech. Then I give each person a name. You can also speak, type, and send emoji.
The family said, “I’m not the only one here. I have family and friends and I’m there for me.” Because it was social support.
In retrospect, our death toll compared to Western countries is, to be honest, quite low. But at the time of the pandemic, we didn’t think that way. I thought it was over.
After Liu Bei Dad He died of a coronavirus last January. Swearing pressure Authorities are responsible for hiding the outbreak first.
Looking back on the first half of last year, I was very angry. A local civil servant threatened me. I left Wuhan, and they haven’t let it go yet. They harassed my relatives. They wanted me to look like I had a mental illness.
But later this year, I started to change. I devoted myself to studying Buddhism. Faith allows you to understand life and the truth. It turns out that retaliation and murder have been part of humanity from ancient times to the present.
My heart began to calm down. I am no longer full of anger and hatred. Still, the pain is raw and I cry a lot.
I spend a lot of time praying. I try to donate as much money as possible to temples and other charities for the poor and the elderly around Wuhan. I gave him over 100,000 yuan ($ 15,000) in his father’s name to help him get credit.
The dreams I had to make money before are now fading. What is the use of money anyway? Money cannot buy back life.
When I thought I could sue the government, I realized I was ignorant. Nothing happens. And if you step back, everyone will be guilty and face karmic retaliation.
I only care about the people around me, myself. I am planning to take my mother to Sanya on Chinese New Year. Last year I intended to go there before my dad got infected.
Reports and surveys provided by Keith Bradshire, Alby ChanAnd Coral Yang.
Voice from China’s Covid Crisis One Year After the Blockade of Wuhan
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