On February 2, Australian government imposed a restraining order on immigrants with recent Chinese travel record. Due to the cost of postponing graduation, many overseas students including me chose to return to Australia after 15 days of self-quarantine in a third country. At that time, I was in Thailand, and only stayed in the hotel room, eating take-away food all the time.
In terms of daily necessities, meat, vegetables, and fruits can still be bought in supermarkets, but long-lasting survival food such as noodles, rice, and canned foods are no longer available. In addition, toilet paper is in short supply.
Due to the severe outbreak in Seattle, we have fully adopted online courses from two weeks ago, so will it be in the next semester. We are the first university in the United States to adopt online courses.
On March 17, the school notified students to move out of the dormitory within two days. After consideration, I decided to move out of New York and lived in a less populated area in rural United States. I also prepared masks, gloves, and plenty of food.
When the epidemic broke out in my hometown, my plan to return to China was disrupted; now the epidemic is spreading in Europe and my examination plan is disrupted, either. Currently, I can only stay at home in peace, waiting for a improved environment.
The masks in pharmacies have been out of stock as early as February (mostly bought by Chinese), and hand sanitizers have also been sold out at the end of February. Some items in the supermarket are temporarily out of stock. It is estimated that they will be replenished within one week. The government now requires people to print or write permits and indicate the purpose of travel.