To prevent Covid-19 from further spreading, the Chinese government is using every measure to keep people at home and from gathering. It has extended the Lunar New Year holiday so that factories and offices would be kept closed, and shut down parks, temples and other tourist sites where crowds may form. Group tours are canceled, and business trips put off. City residents who want to exit the housing estate they live in have to wear masks and show emergency passports to the doormen.
Since it is almost March now, and school and businesses cannot be put off forever, the government is telling companies to function by phones and mails and schools to give online classes, as far as they are able to.
Cities are free from chaos these days. Many have barely set foot outdoors for three weeks. Aside from grocery stores and emergency facilities, virtually nothing is open. Streets and public transportation are almost empty. A subway ride will make one feel like the city’s infrastructure existed just for him.
Despite the lack of public life, there is tranquility and hope.
So far members affected by the stay-at-home order are finding it acceptable. They have a variety of digital tools to facilitate telecommute, and advanced grocery delivery services that provide them with food and daily necessities. On the other hand, they now have less fatigue from all the back and off between home and schools/offices and more time to spend with their families.
Although a return to normal isn’t yet in sight, the Chinese have faith that they will finally bring the virus under control. They view staying at home as one of the steps they are willing to take in combating it.
telecommute: n. 远程办公
fatigue: n. 疲劳
combat: v. 与……搏斗