The Coronavirus: What You Need to Know About it and Travelling to China Right Now.
1.What is the coronavirus?
Although currently being referred to as the coronavirus, coronaviruses are actually a large family of viruses that are common in animals. As viruses, in general, have the ability to change and mutate over time, these coronaviruses can sometimes be passed onto humans from animals.
This has happened in recent history with the SARS (2002) and MERS (2012) outbreaks. There are several existing coronaviruses that infect people. This one, however, is referred to as “novel” as it is the first time it has been identified in humans. For now, CDC has labelled it 2019-nCoV.
2.Coronavirus is Spreading Both Inside and Outside of China
First identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019, the virus has now been confirmed in all regions of mainland China as well as over 20 other locations across the world. Wuhan is the 7th largest city in China and a major hub for international travelers. This has made it easy for the virus to spread.
Many airlines have taken measures, due to safety concerns and lower travel demand, to suspend flights to and from China. They are also providing travel and flight waivers. Students who are or were planning to travel to China to study abroad can check directly with the airline to see what options are available.
3.How are We Fighting the Epidemic?
Chinese government has built Huoshenshan hospital in Wuhan within 10 days to ensure that all patients get free treatment. Huoshenshan hospital has 1,000 beds in 419 wards, including 30 intensive care units.
Many counties have donated a large number of supplies to support Wuhan such as masks and protection suits. Doctors and nurses from other provinces in China have volunteered to go to Wuhan as well.
The number of coronavirus infections continues to drop everyday, which means things are getting better. In order to protect people, big cities such as Hangzhou have started to use "Health Code". The use of technology has made things a lot easier.
4.How are the Au Pairs in China Now and How is Lopair Supporting Them?
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, Lopair cares a lot about the safety of the in programme au pairs. Because none host families is from Wuhan, or Hubei province, no family members or au pairs has been infected with the virus.
For those who want to go back to their home countries, Lopair travel coordinator has been helping them to check flights and book tickets, to make sure they will get home safe. For those who are willing to stay in China, the local coordinators are providing 24/7 help as well. Lopair also arranges online activities such as online karaoke, and dance battle from home.
5.Can You Still Apply to be an Au Pair in China?
We have faith for our country that the current situation will not last long, and we welcome everyone to apply if you are still interested in coming to China. We encourage you to apply now on Lopair Website: www.lopair.com for more information, or contact Lopair program advisor directly: firstname.lastname@example.org to get suggestions.