Just to answer a few questions and make a few clarifications:
When I mentioned that blood was drawn, that was during our training period for the mandatory medical exam, not as part of the quarantine.
They sprayed all our rooms, hallways, bathrooms, with chemicals today. Although they said the chemicals may cause coughing, which is the main symptom they are looking for when deciding to put people in individual quarantine.
The staff has been really helpful with getting us food that appeals to our western taste, providing hot water for tea, and bottled water. We’re really comfortable (well, except maybe the smokers).
Kimchi Ice Cream to answer one of the questions on your blog, there has been very little face mask protocol. They are having a hard time just getting people to wear them, never mind following things like washing before taking them on or off. We’ve all had the same face masks on for days (although there are some others available somewhere). Some people really want to get sick so that they can go the hospital and just get the whole proces over with, some people really don’t think they will/can get sick, mostly people are in a good/positive mood and I just don’t think there is a huge sense of urgency.
I think the point was not so much to isolate us from each other, unless someone gets really sick, but to keep us isolated from the general public. We had already had so much interaction with each other it would be pretty irrelevant. The one thing I am confused about is why none of the staff of the training center, or the trainers that were the classrooms with us were required to come here. There is speculation that they were trusted with monitering their own home quarantine. (We just got word that all the adminstrators, trainors, and other people that came in contact are under house quarantine.)
Although two people have tried to get out (not seriously to run away, but as a joke), one was on accident. Apparenlty one young man went out to sneak a smoke, and the door to the fire escape locked behind him. He then tried to scale the side of the building to get back in a window, and then fell through what he thought was a roof top of a smaller building, but was actually just a canvas tarp. He was taken to the hospital for minor scraps and bumps, but then brought back here. There is a rumor that the nurse at the hospital touched his open arm wound with her bare hand.
They just informed us that they are bringing our text books so that we can prepare for our classes for when we get out of here. I guess that means they probably aren’t going to deport us?
I would also like to clarify that everything I post on here is my opinion and observation and not that of the group. There may be people with very different perspectives from mine. I had started blogging about this to keep my family informed, but it seems to have drawn a bit more attention, and is in no way meant to be taken as factual news. Most of what we are experiencing here is heresay and rumor anyway. Especially given that we have been informed that it is Korean culture to keep patients out of the loop until absolutly necessary.
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