Three Ticas are living in China, in the Wuhan province, a city quarantined because the Government is fighting against further expansion of the coronavirus. The city is mostly empty, with the subway and buses paralyzed and no way in or out.
People are urged to maintain order and stay in their homes, leaving only if strictly necessary. Many bought in bulk at supermarkets so as not to risk going out more than once. They bought enough for weeks and there is little left in the stores.
Tica María Belisa Torres Pérez went out by bike, protected by a mask, to look for water, food, and more masks. The recommended ones are sold out and many pharmacies have closed. To get into any place, they must have their temperature taken and enter wearing a mask. Stuck in her apartment, day after day, she has been keeping in contact with friends and family so as not to feel so isolated in the quarantine.
Another Tica has had even more difficulty because the stores near her are completely empty. She is stretching the food she has to last through this indefinite quarantine.