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China Daily / 2020-03 / 26 / Page018

Waiting for end of COVID-19 in Wuxi

By James Skinner in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province | China Daily | Updated: 2020-03-26 00:00

A "black swan" event is one that seemingly comes out of nowhere and has significant, sometimes life-changing consequences. In my lifetime, I have experienced my own share of black swans, from the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the 2008 "Great Recession"-both of which had enormous consequences, including some that were not apparent until much later.

Having spent the last few years living in Wuxi, in East China's Jiangsu province, I can now add the recent novel coronavirus epidemic to the list, with it having transformed life in an amazingly short period of time.

I vaguely remember it entering my consciousness in December. Just another news story I quickly scanned without absorbing any of the detail, in some part of China I'd never visited. It wasn't going to impact me, surely. Christmas came and went, a new decade began and the virus remained another news story I ignored each morning.

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