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Coronavirus: the Impact on Our Students

By Krivi Gupta

The World Health Organization explains that the Coronavirus is part of a large family of viruses that cause illness that can range anywhere from the common cold to more severe diseases such as SARS or MERS. The outbreak originated in the city of Wuhan which is located towards the center region of China. In so far, over 95,000 people in over 80 countries have been affected by the outbreak, with nearly 3,000 deaths. As a result of the virus, many are worried about their health being put at risk. For others, they are also worried about their families abroad. Today we spoke to a Mira Loma student and senior, Samantha Cui whose grandmother lives in Wuhan, China. We asked her about the Coronavirus and how it has impacted her and her family: 

Tell me about your family living in Wuhan, China.

请跟我讲讲你住在武汉的家人。

So my grandma lives in Wuhan, as well as my second aunt. They can barely leave the house, except for taking out the trash, etc 

我的外婆和二姨都住在武汉。他们除了扔垃圾之类以外都绝对不出家门。

They run out of food easily, and no grocery shops are open, so they need those delivered to them (the grocery delivery is a government service) 

她们常常吃的不够,而且菜市场都关门了,所以现在就是政府会派人送吃的上门

How do you think your family is doing in China with the outbreak of the virus?

你觉得病毒爆发后,你的家人过的怎么样?

They are doing okay, just bored sometimes because they can’t leave the house

她们其实还好,就是出不了门无聊的慌

And the Chinese government is sending out optimistic messages and even statistics. The sad thing about China is that it’s authoritarian, nobody knows what’s the real deal about the virus 

中国政府发出来的数据和消息都挺乐观的。可惜中国不是一个民主国家,所以也不知道对外公开的消息是真是假

When do you believe this virus will no longer be a major epidemic?

你觉得这个病毒什么时候会平息下来?

Most professionals claimed that the virus is expected to “die out” or at least almost disappear around June, Summer 

大部分专家都说六月份左右,病毒差不多就结束了

What are your personal thoughts on the virus?

你个人怎么看待这次瘟疫?

What I think of the virus: I think 1. Chinese people need to stop eating everything. Whether the virus came from the bat or no. 2. It makes sense for the Chinese government to not tell the public when it first came out to avoid panic. But this is a mistake – they allowed the virus to spread – because not telling people about it = people not being cautious 

我怎么认为的:1.中国人真的不该什么都吃。不管这个病毒是不是蝙蝠带来的,食用野生动物还是不安全。2.中国政府一开始不该掩瞒的。虽然会造成大众恐慌,早些公布这个病毒的存在可以让人们小心些,也就不会传染的这么厉害。

And lastly, the SADDEST. WORST part is all the Chinese businesses. HUGE Chinese restaurants like HaiDiLao are losing millions? Billions? As a result, because nobody goes to eat there anymore, but they still have to pay wages, rents, etc 

最后,最难过的就是中国的商业。很大的连锁饭店,比如说海底捞,没有收入,但还是要付房租、没点水器费等,一个月赔好多钱。

My mother’s jewelry store is going bankrupt because nobody shops at malls anymore, and she still has to pay her workers and she has to pay all the water bills/rents/etc 

我妈妈的首饰店要倒闭了,因为没人出门买东西了,但她还要付工资,房租等

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