Yesterday afternoon we had gathered to watch some Beijing Opera, only to be told that the even was cancelled and that we must return to the dorms. Word slowly trickled down that there had been a few cases of H1N1 and that we were to be placed in quarantine. To save typing, below is the email I sent to the American embassy.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: XXXX XXXX <xxxx>
Date: Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 9:21 AM
Subject: In Beijing, have been quarantined
To: <embassy email>
I and others of my summer session at Beijing Normal University were
moved into quarantine late last night/early this morning. (We were
finally moved to the quarantine hotel about 2 am.) Current location
appears to be the Yanxiang Hotel at A2 Jiangtai Road in the Chaoyang
District. We are told that we will be kept in quarantine for 5 days.
I believe there are a few other Americans here, but only other name I
know at the moment is XXXX XXXX. (Most of the others I know are
Italian or Polish.) The [rumored] reason for the quarantine is that a
couple of students (Japanese, possibly Korean) from the No. 2
international students dormitory had contracted the H1N1 virus.
Daily temperature tests will be taken at 0900 and 1600; it appears to
be taking them some time to reach everyone this morning as I only just
now hear voices in the hall. My temperature at arrival was normal.