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Living in the Shadow of SARS

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Living in the Shadow of SARS

    Living in the Shadow of SARS

    worked,andtheprimaryschool ;wheretheteacher’Sdaughterwas

    ;enrolled,SUspendedclasses. ;PekingUniversitytookprompt ;measurestopreventthespreadof ;SARS,andsoondispensedther

    ;mometers,masks,disinfectant. ;andtoiletSOap.Dormitorieswere ;disinfectedeverytwodays,and ;theuniversitywassealedOff.It ;feItlikelivinginsideabesieged ;city.

    ;Imadethedecisiontobuyand ;stockpileenoughfoOdtObeableto ;hibernate.Tomysurprise,the ;supermarketwasfu1lofpeople ;withthesalneidea.Instantnoodles ;andcrackerswereingreat

    ;demand,andmasksweresoonout ;ofstock.Theatmospherewaspal

    ;pablytense,andeveryonecon

    ;AtriptoShanghaiin2002.

    ;sciouslykepttheirdistance.The ;endoftheworldseemedimmi

    ;nent.

    ;TheInternetplayedanimpor

    ;tantroleatthattime.Ibegan ;obsessivelysearchingthenetfor ;SARSrelatednews.ThePhoenix ;MovieChannelrescheduledits ;programs,andshowedalotof ;classicfilms,includingIngmar ;Bergman’STheSeventhSeal,a

    ;workintenselyphilosophicaland ;pregnantwithmeaning,inwhich ;Deathsaystoman,”Iamalways

    ;besideyou.”Atthistime.itheld

    ;particularsignificanceforme. ;Thepanicsoonpassed,with

;thenewsthatanativeBeijingstu

    ;dentwhohadbeensuspectedof ;havingSARSwasfoundtobe ;clearofit.thatthreeinternsfrom ;theMedicalDepartmentwhohad ;beeninfectedwithSARSwhileat ;thehospitalhadrecovered,and ;thattheEconomicsInstitute ;teacherhadbeentakenofftheSUS

    ;pectedlist.W_ebegantofeelalittle ;moreasSUredandgraduallv ;resUmedOUrnormallife.The ;beautyofWeimingLakewasfur

    ;therenhancedbythesoundsof ;strummingguitarsasstudents ;danced,playedbadminton,orsat ;chattingandreadingonthe ;JingyuanGardenlawn.

    ;Onthepositiveside,SARS ;hadtheeffectofreconfirmin~ ;closerelationships.Itbecamea ;

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    ;matterofroutineformetocallmy ;parentsinChengdueverytwo ;days.andlotsoffriendsandfor? ;merclassmatescalledtoaskhow1 ;was.SARSthusunexpectedlypro- ;videdanopportunitytomaintain ;relationshipsoverwhichacademic ;obligationsandthepressureof ;normaldailylifewouldnormally ;takeprecedence.

    ;Amatterofutmostconcernto ;uswascompletingourthesesand ;findingjobs.Aseverythingwasin ;astateofsuspension,weinitially ;feItrelaxedaboutwritingourthe? ;ses.butonApril29,anoticewas ;sentoutinformingusthatthey

    ;shouldbehandedinasscheduled. ;aftertheLaborDavholiday.The ;followingweekeveryonewas ;franticallybusy,sleepingjustthree ;orfourhoursaday.

    ;Findingiobswasalsoamatter ;ofurgencV.Increasedenrollment ;overthepasttwoyearshadresult- ;edinmoregraduates.makingfor ;evenfiercercompetitionwithin ;theiobmarket.InearlyAprilI ;receivedanofferfromNorthern ;JiaotongUniversity.Twoweeks ;lateronApril17.fourofitsunder. ;graduatestudentswerereportedas ;havingcontractedSARS,andthe ;dormitorybuildingwasplaced ;underquarantine.Northern ;JiaotongUniversitybecameoneof ;thetwoBeijinguniversitieshard. ;Theauthor(fastright)withclassmatesoncampus.

    ;esthitbvSARS.

    ;1wasontenterhooks,scan- ;ningtheirSARSreporteveryday. ;Thenumberssoared,andfinally,a ;totalof60studentsweresentto ;hospital,althoughonlyadozen ;werelaterconfirmedashaving ;contractedSARS.1wasveryner? ;VOHS,asaccordingtocertainregu’

    ;lations,ifIcouldnotfindaiob ;beforeMav20.mycrucially ;importanthukou(permanentresi- ;denceregistration)wouldbe ;returnedtomyhometown.Ahuge ;numberofstudentswereinthe ;sameboat,butasthedeadline ;drewnear,wehadnochoicebutto ;wait.

    ;Fortunately,teachersincharge ;ofrecruitmentstoodfastattheir ;post,andonApril23,1was

    ;informedthatIhadpassedexami. ;nationandapprovalprocedures.It

    ;remainedformetopassaphysical ;examinationatoneofthetwodes. ;ignatedhospitalsNorthern

    ;JiaotongUniversity’sschoolhos.

    ;pitalandthePeople’sHospita1.

    ;MYfearofcontractingSARSled ;metochoosethePeople’s

    ;Hospita1.

    ;0nthequestionofwhetheror ;nottogotohospital,myfriendsall ;helddifferentviews.Somewere ;deadagainstit.whileotherscon. ;sidereditbesttogothenthanlater. ;AsIhesitated.thenewscamethat ;XieFei.awel1.known

    ;Chinesedirector,hadcon. ;tractedSARSfromahos.

    ;pitalphysicalexamination. ;Ibecameveryscaredand

    ;decidedtowaituntilafter ;theLaborHoliday.Asit

    ;happened,thefollowing

    ;day,April24,thePeople’s

    ;Hospitalwaslistedamong ;thehardesthitSARS

    ;areas,andplacedunder

    ;quarantine.

    ;Icontactedtheteach.

    ;ersaftertheLabor

    ;Holiday,andwasgivenanother ;twochoicesofwheretotakemy ;physicalexamination:Beijing ;UniversityThirdHospitalor ;HaidianHospita1.Asateacherin ;theHistoryDepartmentofBeijing ;UniversityhadcontractedSARS ;intheformer,thelatterseemedmy ;onlychoice.Onputtingontwo ;masks,anddressinginaworn.out ;T-shirtandieans(whichIintended ;latertodiscard).Irodemybicycle ;tothehospita1.1was.however, ;stoppedattheentrance,asitwas ;receivingfeverpatientsonly.

    ;Finally,theextraordinarycircum. ;stancespermittedmetohavemy ;physicalexaminationatourschool ;hospita1.

    ;AstheNorthernJiaotong

    ;Universitywassealedoff,the ;standardenrolmentprocedures ;becameverycomplicated.1was ;obligedtowaitattheschoolgate ;whileateacherdeaitwiththefor. ;malities.

    ;AUinal1.thememoryofthis ;year’sbirthdayandMayholiday ;willstaywithmeforever.?

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