Corana in Japan
Whilst the UK seems to en route to a total shutdown, Japan has been relatively unscathed by the Corana Virus pandemic sweeping the world. I’m not a scientist so I’m not going to try and explain why that is the case but all I’ll say is that pre-virus Japanese society was already incredibly germophobic, with masks the standard, and physical contact avoided.
It is truly unusual to have one thing dominating every piece of news, almost every discussion and life in general, for this period of time. I have a few family members currently with suspected cases of the virus and it can be hard being on the other side of the world when my parents and siblings are under quarantine. Whilst a large number of my close friends are on year abroads that have been cancelled and are currently in forced quarantine across Europe. It’s weird being almost the only person I know from Warwick who is not under a strict quarantine or preparing to be, purely due to geographical luck.
On a personal level in japan this has meant a suspension of university from 6th April, when I was meant to finish spring break, until 30th April. However for the time being there a few restrictions or social distancing measures implemented by the government. Furthermore I have lost two contracts and had another job suspended. Alongside this I’m due to be working as part of the Olympic Broadcasting Service audio team at the Olympic Stadium this summer, again though, this seems increasingly unlikely. However, compared to the shutdown in Europe, the effects of the virus here have been limited to some working from home, school and university closures and some cancelled flights.
Hopefully over the next few weeks the rate of increase will slow across Europe and it can replicate china’s official stats showing an almost total eradication of internally transmitted cases.