It is strange to think that about three or four weeks ago most people in countries like Portugal still did not think the coronavirus was a big deal. Most of us (including me) thought it was mostly the media feeding the flames of panic and hysteria. However, within a week, most people went from not worrying about it to not wanting to leave the house, and demanding the government to take stronger measures.
I wrote the first text below on March 8th. A few days before I had started to get a bit worried about the virus because a conference I was going to attend in May was cancelled. At the time, I was not convinced that it was necessary to cancel the conference, although it would be attended by hundreds of people from all over the world. However, only a few days after, I wrote the first text, and it is clear that I was already concerned about the virus, but not yet seeing what the situation would be like. Less than one week after that, my thoughts about the virus and the whole situation had completely changed. The second text was written two weeks after the first one.
Below are the texts I wrote in Chinese, corrected by my online teacher on Italki. It seems that the text was written by a child, but that is because my Chinese is still weak 😀
March 8th 2020
Coronavirus has arrived in Portugal. Coronavirus is not welcome! There have been more than a dozen infected people, and in my city there are sick people alredy.
I don’t think the virus is too dangerous, but if many people have the virus, maybe Portuguese hospitals can’t treat everyone. Besides, I take the bus every day, and I also work at a university. Because I have contact with many people every day, it gets more dangerous.
[…] 我讨厌这个病毒。我五月在一个其他的城市会有一个很大的会议，但是他们已经决定不会有会议，因为有病毒。 我希望在夏天的时候不会有病毒，因为我想要到荷兰旅行！
I hate this virus. I was going to attend a big in another city in May, but they have decided to cancel the conference because of the virus. I hope there will be no viruses in the summer, because I want to travel to the Netherlands!
March 22nd, 2020
外面天气很好，太阳很大，温度比较高。小鸟也在唱歌。看起来今天是完美的! 但是今天不是那么完美。所有的人应该在家里，不应该出去。从三月二号在葡萄牙有冠状病毒。 感染者越来越快速增加。 感染者已经增加到一千多人，已经有十四人死了。我觉得这样的情况会持续很久。
The weather is beautiful, the sun is shining, and it is warm. The birds are singing. It seems like the perfect day! But it is not perfect, because everyone has to stay home, they cannot go out. The coronavirus has been in Portugal since March 3rd. The number of infected people is increasing rapidly. The number of infected people has increased to more than a thousand, and 14 people have died. I think this situation will last for a long time.
幸好我不是一个人。而且我有一些目标，比如，提高我的中文。现在我有比较多时间学汉语，上网课，所以我可以开始准备, 然后考HSK 4。而且我有很多书。在圣诞节的时候，我的朋友和家里人送给我很多外语的书。现在我终于有空看这些书。我也有很多外国的朋友，现在我有机会跟他们聊天。我有空用skype跟他们交流。我跟我的男朋友也玩游戏。幸好我们在家里有阳台，我可以坐那里看街道或者一边晒太阳，一边写这篇文章。
Fortunately, I am not alone. Besides, I have some goals, such as improving my Chinese. Now I have more time to learn Chinese and take online courses, so I can start prepare for HSK 4. I also have many books. On Christmas, my friends and family gave me many foreign language books. Now I finally have time to read them. I also have many foreign friends, and now it is the opportunity to chat with them. I have time to Skype with them. I also play games with my boyfriend. Fortunately, we have a balcony at home. I can sit there and watch the street, or write this article while sunbathing.
April 3rd, 2020
The number of cases keeps on escalating all around the world. In Portugal, we are soon reaching 10,000 cases. I am sending virtual hugs to anyone out there who needs them, and wishing for the world to be over this crisis as soon as possible. I’m not really a Star Wars fan but… “May the force be with you”.