Tuesday, 4 February 2020

An expats thoughts on the corona virus outbreak

There is one thing that I feel like explaining and get out of the way before I get started with this article, this is the fact that I have no background or any real medical training, beside first aid in the army and nation guard. So if you are looking for medical advice or any expert information about the current Corona outbreak, you should seek this from official sources, because this is all about my opinions and observations. How I see it from the view of an expat that loves to travel and explore the world around us, nothing more and nothing less. At the same time, I do not wish to fuel the fire any more than it already has been by the media focus on it these past few days.

With that out of the way, I have to say if you listen to the media and look at how China now are treating the outbreak you can easily get the feeling that its the end of the world or a doomsday scenario. With millions of people and entire cities put in forced quarantine, not to forget the fact that an entire industry seems to have been shut down by tens of thousands of flights has been cancelled just in and out of China alone. I want to stay positive and say that this is an overreaction, but if that's the case, it's not a bad thing. As a known Youtuber said in one of his videos this week, it's better to overreact and deal with the problem than have an underreaction and make it worse.

So when I am looking at all of this through the glasses of an expat that loves to travel and has been to China, it looks horrible and I feel like the joy of travel are under attack by this. That the end result will be that it will affect travel in the long run or at least make it more difficult to move around as freely as we do today. Because of my experience, there always comes regulations after an “episode” like this in an attempt to prevent the spread in future “events”. At the same time, I am worried about how big this thing really is, because if you look at how China is reacting, it does look like an end of days scenario and things have never in history been done or had a reaction of this magnitude.

I know that my focus on my own passion in all of this might seem a bit selfish, but at the same time, its something that is very dear to me and I would call it natural. When it comes to the outbreak itself, as I see it its important to be prepared and have a personal plan to deal with it if it comes to your parts of the wood. Things like stocking up on water, food and other things you need. Not just to prepare for this, but at the same time being prepared for other events in the future. This is something that I try my best to live by myself, to have some stock of food and such stored in case something would happen. Call me a prepper if you want, I call it common sense.

At the same time, I am sitting here in Peru with a family where both I and my son has an asthma thing going and an old mother sitting back home in Norway, so I guess it's normal to worry a bit more I guess. Not that I believe this would be a major thing but it does seem like its being treated more seriously than like SARS and similar outbreaks in the past. Again this can just be how the media are treating it, to make some money on the Coronavirus, but it doesn't hurt anyone to be prepared. That is the angle I am taking, better to overreact than underreact. That way you will have what you need in case this is the big one.

If I would be giving one advice it would be this, treat this as the big one and prepare for the worst, but at the same time, it's important not to panic based on the overflow of information that's happening at the moment. Because it's not to get around, the media will over inform you with big letters just to make a few extra clicks and some extra cents. The only thing you can is to stock up on food, water, gas and whatever medicine you might need in case it hits your part of the world. At the same time and this is important, focus on personal hygiene and always have a bottle of disinfectant close by, since this one also spreads through touch, but at the same time do not panic.

I would say that being prepared is the very best advice I can give anyone and that is important not to panic, I know its easier said than done. I would also say, do not listen to the “mainstream” media as its called, but if you have any questions, call your local authorities or if it's about the development of the outbreak you can check out this link (confirmed 2019 – nCOV cases globally map) it will direct you to the American CDC official site. At the same time, I want to underline that my article is based on personal opinions, feelings and observations. Keep in mind that I am not a medical professional in any way, shape or form. Just a worried expat blogger with his own opinions and thoughts on the matter and treat me as such!


  1. Omg, this is scary! I have to get my shopping done and be prepared for this shit!.. thank you for sharing, I dident know this was so bad..

    1. Not to be an alarmist or anything, but at the moment it do look bad and it only seem to be getting worst by the hour. I just hope I am the one being wrong!
      Thank you for the comment!