Semi-Daily Mercury Thermometer Routine
|Escalator in Beijing Airport.|
Real Quarantine, Oh My!
|College student on aisle of my row in hazmat suit, |
purple gloves, tight goggles, and expensive N95 mask.
|Rice with dofu ru, steamed snowpeas, past-its-prime pomegranate, and an apple to keep the doctors away.|
Food is the first medicine and sleep, the second, so my only criticism of this whole journey back to China was the lack of nutritious options (Salty Potato Chips and Doritos, really, China Airlines?) and the interminable amount of time that everything took, which is sure to weaken immune systems, as well. Had I known this would be the case, I would have packed a breakfast, lunch, and dinner--especially necessary as a Forks Over Knives practitioner.
Health Insurance for All Public Employees?The day before yesterday someone came to my door, though, because I was greeted back by my excellent employer--a public school--with a very generous offer of health insurance coverage and I need to sign the paperwork for that immediately. In fact, so generous was this offer, and so different than my experiences in the USA with healthcare, that I was not sure if my tears were those of joy and gratitude or absolute despair about my own nation, which is so ill-prepared for this onslaught. I have truly existential angst about my fellow countrymen and how they will face the pandemic. It is very concerning that the junior Senator from Kentucky has it and that white supremacists are seeing this as a tool of battle with the police among others.
Facemasks and other PPE Shortages from "Sea to Shining Sea"
|The garage facility where I received my COVID-19 test.|
Close watchers of my Facebook presence will know that I have friends in the pro-mask-for-almost-everybody camp and the masks-are-not-for-the-asymptomatic camps. I hope to encourage a couple of those people to converse with me or with each other in this space, but the tenor of the conversation has been so pitched. Not sure if that will happen.
It is a such an important conversation, because I fear the mask fetish in China is so ingrained that they will not easily move to a more moderate stance. There are unconfirmed reports of under-delivery of face masks from China to the US over the last couple months. These stories come from an acquaintance who was on a supply-chain call (she thought such actions deserving of sanctions). In any case, if there are going to be sufficient masks and gloves in the short-term to meet the quickly growing need, something needs to give. I am asymptomatic, but was asked to wear a mask by the worker (in full battle dress) who came to my door with a thermometer. Imagine this scenario playing out with thousands of people in quarantine here.
A Visit from the FamilyYesterday I had a visit from my girlfriend and kids. I got to be on the cellphone with them while they waved up at me on the 14th floor balcony. 丫丫 actually came to the outer door, which has glass windows. She delivered a replacement water filter and tomorrow may bring a new battery for my 8-second electric thermometer.
They were en route to visit our dear friend in his studio and seem to be having a good time. Harry and I talked about LEGOs yesterday for him to practice his English and he played with them for hours.
|Harry with the accomplished Hunanese sculptor, Shentao, in his studio.|
|Naomi (left) and her first cousin, also at the studio yesterday.|
|This lucky boy has more LEGOs than Carter has liver pills.|