I think, at this point, the COVID-19 is already borderless. The rest of the world is gradually experiencing what happened in China from late December to February, a rapid growing of daily confirmed cases, death cases, out-of-stock of medical supplies like surgical masks and maybe panic for some.
I started wearing my first surgical mask upon landing in China on 22nd of January. It was followed by a typical 7-day Chinese New Year holiday after which I was supposed to go back to work on 31st of Jan. However, very uncommonly, the national holiday was extended to 3rd of Feb nationwide and then to 9th of Feb.
In my case, me traveling from my home province (not Hubei province where Wuhan is located ) back to Shanghai for work, I had to voluntarily put myself in quarantine at my place in Shanghai for 2 week during which I was ’ working from home '. On the 24th of Feb, I was finally qualified to enter the work building.
And I am not alone. This is just one of the Chinese cases of non-CONVID-19 confirmed-Chinese during the epidemic. Before 24th of Feb. I went out for only doing groceries, and that was like, 1 time in 3 days.
The coronavirus is tricky as it has incubation period as long as 14 days, and there are few cases reported of 24 days even, showing no symptoms at all but during which it’s still extremely infectious.
Quarantine is described as an ‘ancient solution’ to decrease the infection, but it works when there is no vaccine and as the numbers we are looking at everyday are dropping. The whole country of population of 1.4 billion has 11 confirmed cases yesterday, with 28 out of 34 provinces that has no new confirmed cases.
Yet, we here have had 3181 people lost their lives to it, most of whom are the elders but many young cases exist too. Now there are 4020 cases are severely ill and this number does not include 13600 confirmed cases.
Hope it helps with raising awareness of severity of COVID-19 in this community. There are many lessons to learn.
It’s preventable, but it requires actions.