It seems like more countries or cities start lockdown because of the Coronavirus and the situation is getting close to the the life I had last 2 months in China, so I thought that I might be able to advise from my past experience.
Currently, I live in Chengdu, Sichuan province in China. Without exception, Chengdu also has strict restriction from COVID-19. Now, the situation is getting better and better, but I still have hard time from COVID-19. After Wuhan was quarantined on23 January, my life in China completely changed suddenly, and I have had hard time, but I did not go back to Japan because I thought the hard time would pass throw someday. Thinking about the population of China and the number of people who infected from COVID-19 and die, I was quite positive that I would not get infected and die.
My mom asked me to come back to Japan 3 times, but I didn’t not go back because once I left China, I thought I would be able to come back to China as many foreign students are struggling now.
Still now(22th March,2020), almost 100% of people in China wear mask when they go out, and some shops still close, but I can go out and eat cheap and tasty food. So I do believe that my choice to stay in China without going back to Japan is completely right so far.
I wrote about the situation in China on the past articles, so please check them later.
On this article, I write about the situation that many people in the world might face near future (or even it might be happening now), and advice for it.
- Many shops close
- It gets harder to see friends
- You feel uncomfortable when someone coughs
- Less exercise because gyms close
- You need to be more careful about your health
- Advice from Chinese government to avoid COVID-19
Many shops close
In China, many shops start opening from this month, but over 1 and half month from 23th January, most of the shops closed, and people did not(could not) go outside. As I remember, I went to the city area of Chengdu just twice in 1 and half month, and it was like a ghost town.
This situation could happen in other countries, and you might feel bored. Shops don’t open, and you don’t see people…
It gets harder to see friends
To be honest, this is the hardest part of quarantine. In Chengdu, we are allowed to go outside and government just asked people not to go out much and stay home basically. And it seems like many people in Chengdu accepted it. A lot of people in Chengdu stayed home and even now, some people just stay home.
It was normal to see friends before, but now it is hard to see friends. And it seems that many foreign friends already went back to their countries, and some of my Chinese friends seem that they stay at parents house and not in Chengdu… How comes I can not see my friends this long.
You feel uncomfortable when someone coughs
Whenever you go out and see a person who is coughing without mask, you might feel uncomfortable. Fortunately, almost 100% wear mask here, but how about in other countries?
Less exercise because gyms close
In China, a lot of gyms don’t open yet because there is more chance that COVID-19 spreads in the gyms because many people share exercise machine. I am not sure whether gyms open or not in other countries now.
You need to be more careful about your health
Especially, in China, I really need to be careful about my health because there are a lot of body temperature check everywhere in China, not only in Chengdu. Even I need body temperature check when I go in my apartment.
It means even I get fever from cold, I might not be able to go back to my apartment and there is a chance I need to go to hospital.
I am sure that in other countries, body temperature check is not strict like that, but if your body condition becomes bad, you might suspect you might get COVID-19 and worry about it.
So I have some advice overcome this kind of situation.
You need to find something you can focus on at home
I am sure that you are forced to stay home long, so you need to find something you can focus on at home. It is better to think like
This is a chance!
It is a chance because no one asks you to play around you can focus on whatever you want to do by yourself. Anything is fine. For me, it is basically blogging and studying mandarin, and sometimes, editing videos. No one interrupts you, so you had better focus on something.
Sleep well/Eat healthy food
You had better sleep well, and eat healthy food. It is the only way you can avoid worrying about being infected with COVID-19. You might worry that you might get infected with COVID-19 if you get fever. You might have more chance to die if your immune system is going down. Be healthy.
Be positive (You need to think it is a chance)
If you lose something to do, you get something to do at the same. Please don’t waste your time. If you can not work, study or do something for your future.
Advice from Chinese government to avoid COVID-19
— 遅咲き中国留学/ひじパンダ🐼🇯🇵🇨🇳/ 四川省が好きで成都留学 (@hijisancom) March 19, 2020
Fortunately, in China, I got a guidance to avoid COVID-19 in mandarin and Japanese, so I summarized it to English here. I hope that it is helpful for everyone in the world. If you can read Japanese or mandarin, please go to my Twitter and check it directly.
I think that many people in the world would experience a lot of things they have never had in their life from now on. It must be so hard to keep being positive, but it is necessary. I hope that many people would overcome this hard time and become stronger.
It is like a marathon without a goal though(T^T)/
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