I guess now is a good time to put aside my psychology studies, in particular my report on change blindness across three perpetual categories using the flicker effect, and give a brief update on our lives in China (sorry for neglecting this for the past few months (year)). Today we learnt that Hong Kong has closed pretty much all of its borders to China; the Shenzhen Bay crossing (road bridge) is our closest bolt point. It’s at that moment you think, oh crap, there goes most of our contingency plans which involved using the usual metro or train crossings. Days of meticulous planning and rewatching of Doomsday Preppers all down the drain! Then, in one of those moments of clarity, what does any Brit do in a moment of crisis (other then call their parents)…
So after drinking a cup of English Breakfast tea and instead of panicking and calling our local British embassy in Guangzhou we decided to stay put, or to be more accurate book a short staycation 40 minutes away by the coast in Shekou. I’ll be sure to post some pictures upon our return.
Here is our current situation in Shenzhen, China. The wife’s school broke up a day early a couple of weeks ago, just before the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year). The city had already started to show signs of thinning out has millions of people began their annual migration back to their places of birth. Shenzhen is a migrant city so approx 85% of people leave each year, a LOT. Up to that point we hadn’t really given the virus much thought other then what we’d seen on the news about Wuhan. Then came the lockdown and things sounded very serious.
This map gives you an idea as to where we are in relation to Wuhan. For a sense of scale you could fit the UK in-between the two cities.
Since the lockdown we’ve stocked up the cupboards with plenty of food – lentils, chickpeas and rice! Additionally we sourced a number of face masks from the local chemist and sex shop (yes sex shop, kinky nurses.. In a time of crisis you have to think outside the box ;)) Lastly a few bottles of alcohol gel for keep our hands clean of diseases.
For more information about 2019-nCoV please check the WHO website at https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
This website gives daily info on the virus ( Chinese only – use google translate) https://ncov.dxy.cn/ncovh5/view/pneumonia?sr=1&nm=eksj&dt=20200121&pd=dxyer&from=groupmessage&isappinstalled=0