Greetings from Beijing, China! By now you have most likely heard of the coronavirus outbreak that has originated in Wuhan and has spread all over the country and internationally. I am currently studying abroad in Beijing and traveled to Harbin for the first few days of the Chinese New Year holiday, but have now gathered back in Beijing at the request of CET and the Middlebury Schools Abroad.
While I am by no means a public health expert, I have been keeping up to date with both Western and Chinese media and the U.S. Embassy and have written notes each day for the past week with updates. These reports include my own observations, as well as reports from over 500 contacts on the ground. You can follow the whole set below.
- Friday, February 21
- Sunday, February 2
- Friday, January 31
- Thursday, January 30
- Wednesday, January 29 — suspension of Middlebury Schools in China
- Tuesday, January 28, Evening
- Tuesday, January 28, Morning
- Monday, January 27
- Sunday, January 26
- Saturday, January 25
- Friday, January 24
- Thursday, January 23
- Travel Precautions – Thursday, January 23
- Wednesday, January 22
- Tuesday, January 21
You can find more immediate updates on my Twitter @bhrenton.
I urge you to keep up to date with the news here at the New York Times. As I publish more reports, I will add more links to news sources here.
My thoughts go out to all those affected by the virus and its spread.