Life in the time of Coronavirus: How Chinese families are coping with the outbreak
While the coronavirus outbreak remains most severe in China's Hubei province, where it originated, cities and towns across the country have imposed a state of semi-quarantine for all residents. Here is a look at how ordinary families are coping with the epidemic.
Millions of Chinese citizens are forced to confine themselves in their homes amidst the coronavirus outbreak. They are struggling to keep themselves safe, still earn a living and entertain their children as schools remain shut for at least the next few weeks.
Some have not been out of their homes for weeks, others have only felt the sun on brief excursions to the roof of their apartment building, and the weekly grocery shopping is now an online affair.
Schools have remained in session via online classes, and much of China's white-collar sector has instructed employees to work remotely. Yet many small businesses are closed, and factories operate at partial capacity.
Zhang Xingmei lives with her husband, 10-year-old son and mother in a flat in China’s commercial hub of Shanghai. They haven't left their apartment since late January. Her biggest worry after so long indoors is how to keep her son fit. "He's a little chubby and doesn't like to exercise," she said.
Her best solution, if it is not raining, is to go up to the roof and exercise with a jump rope and breathe some fresh air - all while donning a face mask, of course.
(With inputs from Reuters)