Coronavirus Update #3: China is Fighting the Outbreak

The past week has seen new developments with the evolving Coronavirus crisis in China, some of which were worrying to many overseas. I’ve therefore sat down and created my third update on China’s Coronavirus outbreak, looking to keep viewers overseas informed of recent developments, but more importantly to help correction misinformation and misconceptions.

Learn about the efforts against COVID-19 in Shenzhen, China, as of mid-February, 2020.

Today, I discuss the following recent developments:

  1. New movement restrictions imposed by the Shenzhen authorities to help limit the virus’ spread
  2. Reasons behind the new surge of confirmed Coronavirus cases in China (now officially named COVID-19)
  3. New testing measures for quarantined individuals in Shenzhen and why forceful quarantines are needed
  4. How the Coronavirus caused the cancelation of one of the biggest tech tradeshows in the world
  5. The local leadership reshuffle in the Hubei province, the hotspot of the Coronavirus outbreak

So, click on the video below to get the latest news on the Coronavirus outbreak in China.

In closing, please continue to bear in mind that misinformation is rife during this crisis, both on social media as well as by word of mouth. It’s doubly important now, with so much fear and anxiety in the air, that we verify our sources before making ill-informed choices, and not make the mistake of blaming Chinese (or Asian) people or believing wild conspiracy theories. The truth, whatever it may be, will come out in time, and the most important thing we can all do now is to continue to support each other.

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Published by Sean Upton-McLaughlin

Sean is a business and communications professional based out of Shenzhen, China. He has worked for Chinese companies for the majority of his career, including well-known smartphone and technology firms. Through his mastery of the Chinese language and culture, as well as his empathy and understanding towards the Chinese point of view, he advises Chinese companies on successfully going global.

6 thoughts on “Coronavirus Update #3: China is Fighting the Outbreak

  1. Hi Sean, I wanted to say thanks for your reports about the Corona virus outbreak. I have been watching your videos and reading your posts. They have been very helpful as there is a lot of hype and misinformation out there. I especially loved learning the reason behind the spike in numbers.

    As an aside, I am Chinese by descent although I am a third generation born overseas. My grandson is Eurasian ( half Caucasian and half Chinese ) . His classmates, here in Canberra, Australia, have asked him whether he or his grandmother ( me) has the CV!


    1. Hi Kathy, thanks for commenting. I’m glad my videos about the Coronavirus have been able to help, there is indeed a lot of misinformation out there, much of it driven by fear. Sorry to hear about the reaction your grandson’s classmates have had – the Coronavirus has sadly stoked the preexisting sinophobia out there. It seems crazy how willing some people are willing/able to equate Asian people with the Coronavirus.


  2. Well done Sean. Empathy towards the Chinese is your strong suit for improving international relations, especially to help non-Chinese-speaking people understand China.


    1. Thanks very much, Robert. I really think that increasing empathy in others towards China is key to improving international relations. I’m always bothered by how much of an “us vs. them” mentality there is these days, as well as a tendency to view anything different as bad.


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