From my observation, the country is taking SARS very seriously recently.
SARS Prevention Campain
This afternoon, around 3:00 PM, a large red banner was hung just at the entrance of the residental garden I live in. On the banner, are the large white characters:
Do the work more thoroughly, more deep, more solid and more transparent,
Prevent SARS with benifit, with order, and with effectiveness
The same banner appeared in the nearby Tianlin 11th village. Meanwhile, the prevention knowledge has been widely distributed. I got the flyer of “Prevention of Infectious SARS” in the my mailbox this morning. The black boards with introduction of SARS, symptoms and prevention methods are placed in the entrances of the garden.
My building was disinfected
When I entered the elevator, I smelled something like vinegar. Then I noticed the disinfection history record on the wall. It reads:
April 21, 16:00 disinfected with 1:9 Acidum Peroxyaceticum
APril 22, 16:00 disinfected with 1:9 Acidum Peroxyaceticum
Acidum Peroxyaceticum C2H4O3 is the mostly used disinfectant here.
May Holiday Cancellation
Actually, I never thought the country will announce such as a big movement to cancel the May holiday. It is such a big movement. Millions of people were affected. People have to cancel their trip schedules and return the tickets. It is announced that airlines will return the full fund for tickets (April 30 to May 7)bought before 24:00 April 22. – Big actions, aren’t they?
Dangerous train: T151
It is announced that all passengers on T151 from Beijing to Qinghai province need to see doctors immediately. A SARS patient was found to get off the train in Gansu.
Actually, I have never seen an announcement like this before – bad news are seldom broadcasted to the whole nation. This time, I belive it is a big step moving forward.
Upper sleeping berths all sold out
I booked train tickets back home today. The sleeping berths offers three layer of tickets – upper, middle and lower. Traditionally, people will choose lower berth first since it is most convinient. But now, things completely changed. Now only the lower berths are available for the whole train since people think the higher they sleep, the safer they are. – It is a completely up-side-down world.
P.S. Thanks for zwaffle to pointed out a typo in my article – I wrote “Millions of people were infected” under the May Holiday Cancellation section while I meant “Millions of people were affected”. Sorry for that.