Let me start by saying that this virus is a game changer and has brought many negative aspects with it. The international media is having a field day with the events taking place here in China. As a resident of China, I would like to talk about the positive things I have seen. I have seen ordinary Chinese citizens pull together as a community and help their neighbors through this difficult time.
In my community alone, I see small markets staying open to make sure that our community has basic food items available. The McDonalds across the street is staying open to serve those in need of a good hot meal. I see the food delivery workers doing their best to support the community with deliveries. They are not allowed in the building, but they make sure the delivery happens and the people get the food they have ordered.
In the last nine days of February 4th , 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th the newly added numbers of Shenzhen, Guangdong and the whole country has been declining. A certain number of patients are discharged from hospital every day in China. At present, patients are treated free of charge nationwide, while Shenzhen increases the synchronous free treatment for suspected patients as well. The US medication Remdesivir arrived in China on Feb 3rd and started clinical trials at the same time, there were 270 patients recovered rapidly in one day.
I believe that China will conquer this issue and learn from it. China is a strong and capable nation and even though things may look bad, they could be worse. So please join me in supporting our Chinese hosts and wish them well and good thoughts. Also as educators we are responsible for setting an example and bringing hope to students, I sincerely hope that you believe and pray with us that the epidemic will end as soon as possible, and that our happy moments with students will come as soon as possible! At that time, we will drink and toast! Thank you for standing with China and SDE.
Kenneth E. David II