Photos showing students wearing masks in schools in China have been making their rounds on the news and social media recently.
This is because cities in China recently started their school year on September 1st.
Wuhan City, China’s COVID-19 epicenter, has also opened schools.
According to a Straits Times report, a Singapore based English media, almost 3,000 educational institutions in Wuhan opened their doors on September 1st.
This constitutes about 1.4 million students, Times said.
On Monday, China reported around 216 COVID-19 cases nationwide.
According to reports, Wuhan has not reported any new COVID-19 cases recently.
However, Wuhan’s Deputy Director of Education, Wang Chifu still requires students to bring their masks to school, as per Times.
Although, they are not required to wear them once already inside classrooms.
Other stringent measures are also set in place in schools.
For example, in one school, students are required to get their temperatures taken as soon as they set foot on the campus.
Groups of students have different pathways to go through and are required to go through them in intervals.
Yin Weiguo, an official at Wuhan No. 49 Middle School, says that “safety” for its students and teachers is the top priority of the school.
Also, masks and hand sanitizers are accessible in each room.
All areas in the school are disinfected daily.
How Did China Do It?
Videos and pictures of pool parties, nightlife, and now schools showing the current state of China are recently making its rounds in the news.
Citizens in China are now living an almost normal, pre-COVID life after curbing its COVID-19 cases.
So how did China, especially Wuhan, the most hit place of COVID-19 got through the pandemic?
The factors that helped China in its fight against COVID-19 are stringent health measures, prioritizing health and data, isolation, and accessible information.
According to a China Daily report, during the virus’ emergence, China gave its data to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the hopes of controlling the spread.
In fact, according to a Financial Times report, China donated around $50 million to WHO to support global cooperation.
Inside China, people infected by the virus were isolated.
During the virus onset, the city of Wuhan was barricaded, people cannot get in or get out, even those not affected by the virus.