Bin Zhang recalls first hearing the rumours in early January 2020 about a dangerous, SARS-like virus that was spreading like wildfire. His wife’s relatives worked in a hospital in Wuhan, China.
It was “basically a friendly warning at the time,” Zhang explained. “They said, ‘Just be careful. Don’t go to places where it’s too crowded.’”
Zhang grew up in Wuhan but now lives in Calgary with his wife and two young children. He was scheduled to fly to China on Jan. 22, 2020, to reunite with his family, who had arrived in Wuhan a few weeks earlier to celebrate Chinese New Year with his parents.
But as he was preparing to board his flight to China, everything changed.
“While I was in Vancouver for my transfer flight to Beijing, I heard the news that they were going to lock the whole city down within seven to eight hours,” he told Global…
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