18 May 2020 It has been over ten days without any cases of COVID-19 being reported, and over thirty-five days without a single locally transmitted case being confirmed. As the pandemic winds down, perhaps it is time to look back
“The customers clean the tables for me,” says the owner of an eatery in Taitung, a southeastern city of Taiwan.
As the virus spreads through most areas of Taiwan, Taitung remains a city that has not yet reported any cases of infection.
My body’s defenses have been penetrated—not by the virus, but by xenobiotics, substances foreign to human bodies. In order to disinfect the public area of our four-floor apartment building, my neighbor has sprayed bleach all over the stairways.
Were it not for COVID-19, I would be in the United States right now. As a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego, I would be building my own daily routines—alone, by myself—in a foreign city.