An Update From Inside China #2
All across the world at this very moment in time, something is happening that’s uniting the world in morbid curiosity and wonderment…
What the hell is happening in China right now?
It’s easy to see the potency of global curiosity as blog after blog writes speculatory articles about what they think might be happening at this very moment.
Most news sources that report in English aren’t reporting from China, so they’re solely relying on information provided by the state.
Of course, there’s a lot more information being posted online by locals living amongst the crisis, but the overwhelming majority of it is in Chinese.
Luckily for those who are curious, I live in Shanghai and am experiencing the viral epidemic first hand.
As unusual daily occurrences happen to me, I make a mental note of what’s happened so that I can write about it.
I don’t know if any of this information will lead to anything important, but that’s not what matters. All that’s important is that it’s truthful information provided from a source without an agenda.
I’m not feeding you watered down info that suits the priorities of any government or group. Instead I’ll just tell you exactly what I see and experience, and if that information proves useful to you or your family then that’s great. If it doesn’t, then let it just feed your insatiable curiosity.
So with that we begin.
A New Delivery Option
Food delivery apps in China have added a new feature that customers can take advantage of when ordering their dinner. When adding your address, you can now choose to elect a contactless delivery.
A contactless delivery means that when delivering your food, you want the driver to drop the food by your door and leave before calling you and telling you that your food has arrived. This ensures that you have absolutely no physical contact with the driver whatsoever and cut out an unnecessary interaction with another human being.
Too Much Information?
After picking up your food from outside your door, you’ll now notice the addition of an extra slip of paper next to the receipt.
The chef who prepared your meal, along with anyone else who prepared your food and the delivery driver have now signed a slip of paper that’s been stapled onto your order.
The paper tells you who they are and what their temperatures were when they prepared your food.
This measure is either suppose to make me feel better, or is a weapon for me to take to the police if I suddenly come down with the coronavirus.
This unusual precaution is way beyond anything I could ever could have predicted in a million years.
No More Parties
One human interaction we had today was a visit from a doctor to our apartment.
When the doctor’s office called to confirm the appointment, we thought he’d be coming over to check our health. Instead, the doctor gave us a letter letting us know that we were encouraged to stay in our apartment for the next 14 days. The letter also told us not to allow anyone to visit for any reason.
Later today, the local police also made a call to my partner to encourage us to take the letter seriously…
Can you duck please Sir?
The last update is a precaution that’s been added to local malls.
During my last update I talked about the infrared scanners that have been added to hospitals that look for fever in everyone coming in. These scanners have now been added to malls, and participation in the scan is mandatory.
Unfortunately for me they’re not designed for someone my height, so I have to duck like an idiot until the scan is complete.
And that’s it
This brings us to the end of my second update from my bunkered down apartment in Shanghai.
Join me again next time when I update you on whatever strange measure has been added in an effort to curb the spread of this terrible virus.
Stay safe out there, and stay prepared.