Statues wearing surgical masks in Shanghai, China during COVID-19

Love in the Time of COVID-19

“He liked to say that this love was the result of a clinical error.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Love in the Time of Cholera

In 2020, everything changed for the worse. COVID-19 burst out of a Wuhan wet market like a bat out of hell and made everything suck for everyone in the world.

I spent the entire pandemic in China. Which, to be honest, wasn’t so bad at the beginning. While most of the world was suffering from numerous outbreaks and shutdowns, China was actually pretty chill. Bars and restaurants were open, and we could even travel around within the country for a little bit.

Then, as these things happen, the Omicron variant arrived and I’m writing this on day 30 something being stuck in my apartment. Below is a collection of blog posts about my experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic in China.

The Great Shanghai Shutdown

Shanghai is under lockdown. As I write this, I’m sitting in my apartment, awaiting the call to go downstairs and take my twelfth COVID-19 test. …
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