• December 2, 2020

This Professor Was Quarantined In China: “Under Trying Circumstances, We Still Give Our Best.”

 This Professor Was Quarantined In China: “Under Trying Circumstances, We Still Give Our Best.”


I’m both intrigued and anxious after reading this story.

Devika Koppikar is a professor who has been living in China for four years. She’s from Woodbridge, VA about 43 miles south of my hometown. Koppikar lives about 500 miles west of Wuhan, China. Yes, that Wuhan.

Once the coronavirus outbreak hit, she had to quarantine herself in her apartment for 14 days. Reading her story, I could almost feel myself in her shoes. “If there’s anything I’ve learned after emerging from my own two-week quarantine in China, it’s that we can’t simply click our ruby slippers and return to life BC — before COVID-19,” she shares with CNN.

I felt that. It’s been one big nightmare and I feel like I haven’t even experienced the most frightening part. God bless those who have.

Koppikar continued to describe what life is like while quarantined in China. I thought it was borderline unbelievable how she describes her front door being taped shut. Authorities did that so that they would know if she left the quarantine. Or, how she describes the anxiety of walking into the grocery store. They would only let you in after flashing a “green-scan phone code” after passing a temperature test in her leasing office. She had to show the office a chart of her temperature readings and they would either give her a green or red phone code. Yep. Red is bad.

-oh, the code only works at your local stores. If you go out of town or off the grid, it will turn red.

It’s really eerie to hear her describe how holiday signage still hangs because businesses have been closed. They haven’t been back to the store to take down the festive Christmas and New Year signs. She details that even after her quarantine, she still felt isolated. Here in the states, our quarantine has been no where near as strict as China’s. I think our days are coming though because we’ve got to do something to slow down the spread of COVID-19. The high anxiety that floods the air is almost suffocating now, I can just imagine how hard it will be to bear once restrictions get tougher.

What I especially liked about Koppikar’s story is the ending. She believes that although this is a tough time, the resiliency of the world has been beautiful. In this time of crisis, we’ve been able to band together and stand up against coronavirus. She also sees opportunity for growth within our industries. “Nevertheless, I also see opportunities. Now that we’ve learned that we can quickly cross over to online work, those with mobility challenges or parents who want a work-life balance may be able to avail themselves of the remote operational model,” she shares.

Resilient, the world stands. As Koppikar says, “The crisis proves that under trying circumstances, we still give our best.”

Check out the full article on CNN Opinion.

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