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Chinese quarantine a very different beast to light lockdown we're living with here

Martina Devlin


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Restrictions: Cao Junjie demonstrates a safety pod he created to protect his two-month old baby from Covid-19, in Shanghai, China. Photo: Reuters

Restrictions: Cao Junjie demonstrates a safety pod he created to protect his two-month old baby from Covid-19, in Shanghai, China. Photo: Reuters

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Restrictions: Cao Junjie demonstrates a safety pod he created to protect his two-month old baby from Covid-19, in Shanghai, China. Photo: Reuters

Where were you when the Twin Towers were hit? When the bank guarantee was announced? When the Princess of Wales died? I don't suppose too many people remember where they were when they first heard the coronavirus or Covid-19 mentioned. But it is epoch-defining. And it will impact personally on us all, in large ways and small.

Self-isolation and social distancing are new terms we are becoming familiar with - new ways of interacting with one another. And more stringent restrictions are on their way.

"Tighten the valve. Tighten the valve more. If the number doesn't slow down, close the valve. We're closing the valve." That's how New York Governor Andrew Cuomo describes lockdown in New York City, hotbed of the pandemic in the US.