COVID-19 Coronavirus Update 02
February 28, 2020
Nothing really new to report on our end – we have just been taking it easy ever since Kanchana’s parents flew back to US (Feb 20th). Its been good to slow down a little bit – since we left the US (6 months ago) we have traveled to Thailand, Japan, Bhutan and China (over 26,000 flying miles!). 74 out of our first 182 days were spent travelling! But now unfortunately, all of our future travel plans have been put on hold due to the ongoing coronavirus.
So far the numbers have not been too bad in Thailand (41 people infected at the moment). At first everyone just thought it was only a China problem but now that it has spread all over the world, it has turned into quite a frenzy.(affecting the global economy and public health).
We’ve already dodged the coronavirus bullet once during our recent visit to China. The coronavirus hit Wuhan while we were visiting China. Even though it had not yet made the world news, I was concerned about it from the beginning and was following the news about it in China. Thank goodness Wuhan was not part of our itinerary but we did travel to destinations around it. Zhangjiajie was the closest we came at 250 miles from Wuhan.
We arrived to Beijing on December 28, 2019 – the seafood market (ground zero for the virus) in Wuhan was closed on January 1, 2020. The virus appeared and was just starting to spread at the time we were just arriving to China. We were able to complete our itinerary and return home to Bangkok on January 14th – only 9 days before China locked down Wuhan (and surrounding cities being locked down days later).
So for now we plan to just stay in, lay low and wait things out. In the meantime, let’s keep the world in our thoughts and prayers.