After the Kovid lockdown, Shanghai residents battled trauma

After the Kovid lockdown, Shanghai residents battled trauma

Like Lee, Shanghai residents are struggling with the trauma of their experience with Kovid.


With many Shanghai residents rushing to the streets to reunite with friends and pop champagne this week to celebrate the end of the two-month lockdown, Lee Mengua was busy packing up his hair salon, an accident of a rigorous search to stamp out Kovid. 19.

Li, 24, set up his saloon three years ago after leaving home in Henan Province to explore his fortune in China’s largest and most prosperous city.

“Our business was really good, always busy with customers. But because of the epidemic, many shops had to close,” he said.

“A lot of people can’t live more than two months without a salary,” he said.

When China declared victory over the virus in Shanghai, residents were overwhelmed by the trauma of their experience – from lost income, lost freedom, death of friends and relatives, and even starvation.

Many people are struggling to buy food or medicine. Millions of people were sent to crowded quarantine centers, sometimes dragged against their will by the police. Many people have died without access to essential medical care.

Mothers were separated from their children in the early days until a public outcry led the authorities to amend the policy. Others woke up and saw their front door fenced off.

A pet corgi dog was beaten to death after its owner tested positive.

Many who emerged from the lockdown described feelings of fear and anxiety for the future, disillusionment and anger at the authorities.

“I think the public’s confidence in the government has waned, and a lot of incredible things are happening,” he said.

“Too much is lost and now we’re worried it’ll come back.”

LineHas passed

Many residents have expressed disbelief that their lives have been ruined so quickly.

One, who asked not to be named, described how his 89-year-old grandfather took his own life after a three-week separation and his inability to attend a routine medical check-up left him in pain and frustration.

He lived only 25 minutes away from the family.

Hu Changen, an immigrant who works as a security guard, said he was so worried about food at the time of the lockdown that at one point he hoped to get Covid so he could be sent to a quarantine center and get three meals a day.

One woman described how she received multiple threatening calls from government agencies after posting online about her experience during the lockdown.

Censors have been shaken to quell the flood of complaints and criticism voiced online during the lockdown.

“Before Kovid’s injury, we were living well, we had high salaries … it was a shock,” he said. “This time, every bottom line has been crossed.”

He plans to leave China for good.

Shame, humiliation

Therapists and psychologists have told Reuters that anxiety calls have increased during this period.

Sharon Yen, a clinical psychotherapist at United Family Hospital, said she was particularly concerned about the effects of the lockdown on children. He hopes more children will seek help, but he is more concerned about those who need help but do not receive it because of the stigma surrounding mental health.

“I think the biggest impact will be the feeling of being lost over time. Over time, they lose the motivation to do the things they used to enjoy.”

On Wednesday, Marketing Consultancy Chairman Hua Shan Weibo wrote to his 596,000 followers on social media platforms expressing frustration over how people were sending congratulations on lifting the lockdown.

“I don’t want to congratulate you after being humiliated for more than two months,” he said.

“It’s a huge shame for Shanghai and for all of us – dead, unemployed, closed business – if we celebrate in a way that we’re good, we’re not better than animals.”

The post disappeared by Thursday.

The Shanghai authorities acknowledged problems such as food security problems and sought to loosen the barriers, but were less than adamant about their adherence to the zero-quad curb after Beijing called for it to be doubled.

City officials on Wednesday thanked the public for their cooperation but called on them to apologize. State media said on Thursday that zero-covid is the most appropriate strategy for the situation in China.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)

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