American reporter becomes ‘ the Queen of Isolation ‘


NYTimes reporter Amy Qin was called “Queen of Isolation” after undergoing four long three-month quarantined attacks in four cities.

The story begins in late Jan, when Amy Qin, the NYTimes resident reporter at Beijing, rushed to Wuhan, where Covid-19 broke first in China. The city is currently in the second blockade week. Reporters like Amy spend most of their time in the hospital to interview the heavy sickness.

Amy when the news in Wuhan is Jan. Photo: NYT.

Amy when the news in Wuhan is Jan. Photo: Nyt.

Tonight, her parents in California also call, worried to be told that the virus prevention tips such as harmonic shutdown, eat only cooked food, do not eat fruit. As a result, Amy was slightly relieved by the last evacuation flight made by the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs to bring citizens from Wuhan. At the time, America only recorded 12 infections.

When landing at Miramar Air Base in San Diego, She texts the family: “I’m so glad that I’m American.”

The Americans returned from China as Amy was put into the quarantine zone, which offered accommodation and free food. Employees wearing drop shields shoot their body heat test daily. Each day they received a new surprise: the day, watching the band performed by the Navy, the day was given a biscuit, even getting a condom.

But the first not good signs have appeared. Officials in the quarantine district don’t require people to wear a page. Despite being confined to an area of the base, Amy and the others are still allowed to contact unisolated people. In daily meetings, the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has rejected concerns about asymptomatic infectious capacity.

Having witnessed the sights of the frantic site in China, the CDC’s superficial guidelines make Amy feel odd, but she tries to comfort herself that these are the world’s leading experts and that they look confident. Now, she thinks it’s the first warning signs.

However, many people have been quarantined to continue wearing the page. Amy is always in the room, even more in it than when the two men look like nCoV’s positive test.

Two weeks of isolation ended, they took souvenir photos, threw up the sky and drove to San Diego Airport, which was surrounded by dozens of reporters. It was a beautiful sunny day, and the virus felt so far away. Amy undresses, draw on the crowd.

Amy (the leftmost) at the end of the San Diego isolation. Photo: NYT.

Amy (the leftmost) at the end of the San Diego isolation. Photo: Nyt.

Last Feb, Amy turned around Beijing. Meanwhile, China has passed the peak epidemic. She chose the transit in Seoul, thinking that it was a relatively safe route. But just before she started, an outbreak in Korea, turning the country into a nCoV hotspot.

Amy is extremely worried. She is less than two hours in Seoul, but is aware of Chinese officials who “would rather mislead more than missed”, especially in this time of supplication.

Just landed, Amy immediately arrived at the local police station registered at the request of the Government for foreigners. As anticipated, a few hours later, she received the message. The local government knew she was in transit in South Korea and wanted to take her into the isolation center.

But Amy convinced them that she was not at risk of infecting and actively isolating at home. She pointed out several times to bring the dog to a stroll and always wore a page. The government was then not contacted by Amy.

Amy and her passengers in the same flight were measured at the time of the flight in Beijing at the end of February 2. Photo: NYT.

Amy and her passengers in the same flight were measured at the time of the flight in Beijing at the end of February 2. Photo: Nyt.

But one morning in early 3, Amy woke up, receiving a series of messages causing her to fall off limbs. China decided to banish a group of American journalists, including her, after the administration of President Donald Trump Limited the staff of 5 Chinese media agencies in the United States.

Moving from one country to another in the great epidemic period is not easy. The country is also restricted to entry, and there are international flights on the day. Finally, Amy left Beijing, where she worked and lived for the past eight years, to board a flight that would eventually return to California.

Travel through the secluded terminals in the international airport Los Angeles Bring a surreal feeling to Amy. In October 2, when she returned to California, she found herself as escaped for a safe haven. But since then, nCoV KDonation of more than 244,000 people and over 5,900 deaths.

Guide the wearing of each page in a style. The nCoV test is the same tomorrow. Discrimination against the Asian Americans increases. Although she measured body temperature at the airport, it was forgotten that Amy had completed the form to report the contact and health status that she later knew.

Throughout the day, she quarantined in a lovely rental house in the countryside of Venice, the suburb of Los Angeles. It’s hard to think that viruses are hiding somewhere around green palm trees and pink flowers. But the memory of what happened in Wuhan is more than enough to keep Amy in the house.

In mid-March, she moved to Taipei, Taiwan, her new permanent resident office to take news of China. She immediately understood why Taiwan was praised for being successful in the fight against nCoV.

Before she was allowed to leave the airport, she had to travel through numerous quarantine checkpoints operated by the Taiwanese Disease Control center staff. They remeasure the body heat, notes the health status and the travel schedule of Amy. She has telephone numbers in Taiwan and must demonstrate to them that it is functioning normally.

Amy goes directly to the hotel and is used for isolation, meeting an outside employee. Wearing protective wear, wearing a costume and goggles, he quickly disinfected her suitcase, then pressed the elevator and said goodbye. It was the last of Amy to meet for the next two weeks.

The room was small but clean. The day she also reported the body temperature to the hotel and the state of health with the Taiwanese authorities. Three times a day, the hotel staff bring rice to hanging into the plastic hook pasted on the door.

The whole process is thoughtful and effective. 4 quarantined in four cities led to Amy being called “Queen of Isolation” by her friends.

Despite being so accustomed to being quarantined, during the last week of “confine” in Taipei, she struggled to leave the bed. She crave sunshine. Even for comfort, she also put food from Din Tai Fung three times. “Don’t be so strict about yourself,” her fiance always reminds each time the two people are chatting through the video.

Ningxia Night Market in Taipei this month. Photo: NYT.

Ningxia Night Market in Taipei this month. Photo: Nyt.

Amy finds herself so lucky. Taiwan has quickly imposed limited measures for travel, screening guests. As of 14/5, the island only recorded 440 infections and 7 deaths by Covid-19, the epidemic which appeared in 212 countries and territories, which made over 4.5 million people infected and 307,000 deaths. Life here is virtually uninterrupted, although it is also possible to see the page, disinfecting water and thermal measuring stations.

After two weeks, Amy is also out of isolation. In the first evening out, she made the makeup, wearing skirts, walking along a park. She buys an expensive hand-washing soap cake to ridiculous after talking with her bone sales by flesh. She wandered through the culinary maze in the mall, surprised to find people laughing and eating together.

The feeling is great, everything is normal. Except for one thing, in front of Covid-19, Amy was accustomed a couple of weeks back to the luggage but now, she is glad to stop here longer.

Hong Hanh (According to New York Times)


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