As United States officers impose new restrictions on vacationers from China, many individuals who’ve returned to the nation in latest days have hunkered down of their houses to verify they weren’t carrying or spreading the illness.
Some had been checking in often with native public well being departments, taking their temperatures at common intervals and receiving deliveries of meals and water. Others weren’t conferring with the authorities, however selecting on their very own to remain indoors, away from work, away from associates and, in some instances, away from everybody.
All had been counting down the times since they left China, ready anxiously to see if signs develop — and whether or not they can get their lives again to regular.
“It’s fairly scary,” stated a girl in Massachusetts whose husband and 18-month-old son have been holed up within the household’s basement since coming back from China final week.
The lady, a medical researcher who requested to not be named, stated her household’s self-imposed quarantine was a obligatory step to guard others, particularly since she feared her household had traveled on the identical flight as a person who was later identified with coronavirus.
“If persons are accountable individuals,” she stated, “they’re keen to do that.”
Reporting was contributed by Daniel Victor, Sui-Lee Wee, Yiwei Wang, Ben Dooley, Elaine Yu, Austin Ramzy, Alexandra Stevenson, Ezra Cheung, Jack Ewing, Neal E. Boudette, Geneva Abdul, Mitch Smith, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Farah Stockman and Vanessa Swales.