No Human Contact
Total isolation has become a temporary norm for those under strict quarantine, without even a single trip to the grocery store or walk to break up the monotony.
Joy Zhong, a 25-year-old media professional returning to Beijing from a work trip in the virus epicenter of Wuhan, spent three weeks without leaving a cramped room at another hotel in the Chinese capital.
There, guests were not allowed to order their own food and were instead given standardized meals.
Friends were allowed to bring packages to the front desk, which were then left outside hotel rooms by staff who avoided direct contact with guests.
“Spending 21 days in a row without seeing a single person, it felt like time was passing extremely slowly,” Zhong told AFP.
Not all people under quarantine are as closely watched as those in Beijing, however.
Charlotte Poirot, a French teacher who arrived in China in late March — just before a ban on foreigners entering the country was introduced — spent two weeks under quarantine at a hostel in the southeastern city Guangzhou.