“Children of the Coronavirus”

When Peter Hessler returned to teaching at China’s Sichuan University in the midst of a national lockdown, his task was to teach a nonfiction writing class—a cohort he describes as the “Children of the Coronavirus.”
 
From students’ field assignments, he learned a huge amount about what made the COVID-19 response work in China—where the virus has been largely contained.
 
One Core Element: very strict lockdowns until the virus stopped spreading—with no pseudo-lockdown measures in between. “Social distancing” wasn’t a buzzword.
 
Then, after lockdown was over: “… we shook hands like it was 2019.”
 
The New Yorker

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