Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Update From Shanghai

None of us are sick. No one we know is sick right now.

As of yesterday, the active Covid-19 cases in China stand at a little under 5000. That's about 1/10 of the number of cases that the US has right now. Almost all the new cases in China are coming in from overseas at this point, so the real focus here is on quarantine procedures at ports-of-entry. So far, new local infections have been near zero for the last week or so.

Schools remain closed in Shanghai. My school is letting the Kiddo come in for half-day tutoring, which has been a huge help for us in coordinating his e-learning with my e-teaching. No word on when schools could re-open, or if we're doing this for the rest of the school year.

Otherwise, a lot of Shanghai is back to normal. Malls are open at night again. Most restaurants are now open for eat-in as well as takeout. Last night was the first time since this started that I saw a restaurant that I would describe as crowded. Grocery stores are fully stocked (there were never any serious shortages or panic-buying). Not sure if they've added night hours again. The Metro has not yet resumed late-night hours, but crowds on the subways and buses are getting back to normal levels. Just when I was starting to get used to always getting a seat.

I saw a discussion on a fb post where one person speculated that the military would be needed to enforce quarantine restrictions in the US, and someone replied "if you want that, you should move to China." Folks, I DID move to China, and we have not had soldiers on the streets of Shanghai at any point in this. We have elderly apartment-complex workers taking people's temperature, along with mall and fast-food employees. We are not living in martial law here.

I still get my temperature checked about five times a day on average. Everyone is wearing masks when they go out.

I would describe things here as cautiously optimistic. People are worried there will be a second wave, but the general feeling seems to be that China beat the first wave of this, and every day that goes by with that total caseload dropping frees up more medical resources for dealing with the imported cases.