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The Coronavirus: On the Ground in Shenzhen

In the last several weeks, the Coronavirus has quickly grown into a global health emergency, following its appearance in the Chinese city of Wuhan. As someone living in China during these uncertain times, I wanted to share my own perspective and experiences, in order to correct some of the information and xenophobia that has been circulating online.

The Coronavirus, first sighted in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has quickly turned into a  global health scare, not merely menacing all of China, but also quickly spreading to multiple countries around the world. Now, the World Health Organization has also declared the Coronavirus a global health emergency.

The Coronavirus first began to flare up in China in the lead up to the Chinese New Year holiday (also known as the Spring Festival). Every year during this holiday season, millions of Chinese travel back to their homes and families, in what is known as the largest human migration on earth. This has rightly led to further concerns as the holiday period presents a significant risk for the spread of the virus, in China and throughout the world.

And while the Chinese government, along with governments and organizations overseas, work quickly to treat those infected and limit the virus’ spread, there has been a large amount of false or misleading information spreading online, increasing the risk of panic in communities overseas. With this in mind, I have decided to share my own thoughts during my time here in Shenzhen for the Chinese New Year holiday, including daily life, the handling of the outbreak by the Chinese government, as well as the problem of misinformation.

Please take a look at the below video, and let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for reading!

Do you have any additional questions about the Coronavirus outbreak in China? Do you want to share your own experiences with this growing health risk? Do you have your own experiences in China or abroad you’d like to share? Please feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section. You can also send a message directly to the author on social media.

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