Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve slowly come to terms with the ‘new normal’, which involves careful social distancing, a heightened sense of basic personal hygiene, and a general awareness of the way virus transmission works.
Some countries have reopened their economies and life is slowly getting back to normal, albeit with a few restrictions here and there.
At the end of the day, the coronavirus is an omnipresent force in our minds. Take it for granted, and it could cost you your life.
But for these pool party revelers in Wuhan, China, social distancing means fuck all.
In case you need to refresh your memory, Wuhan became the supposed epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far killed nearly 800,000 people worldwide.
In a video posted onto AFP’s YouTube channel, droves of party goers are seen enjoying themselves in a giant swimming pool concert, jamming endlessly to the sound of electronic music at the Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park.
While the concert attendants themselves saw no problem with what they were doing, the rest of the world was of the contrary opinion.
To put it bluntly, the global audience that saw the video were stricken with a potent mix of horror, disbelief, and pure rage.
Though party goers had to show proof of good health, the non-existent social distancing is a concern for many.
In order to gain entry into the park, the party goers had to reserve their tickets online, along with their national ID number. On the day of the event itself, guests would then have to present their ID and a green health code found in their local coronavirus contact tracing app.
While this may seem good enough to some, the fact that there was little to no social distancing at all presented a much graver concern for the international community.
But that didn’t bother Chinese authorities:
“I saw relevant reports by AFP, and it is said that people in Europe and America were very shocked,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian in a press conference.
“This shows that Wuhan has won a strategic victory in its fight against the epidemic,” he said.
It has been months since Wuhan reported a coronavirus case, a true testament to their draconian lockdown measures, which severely restricted the movement of its residents.
But of course, we can’t behave like the coronavirus has vanished. It’s still here, and it’s still killing people.
Don’t become complacent. After all, since the beginning of the pandemic, the deadly coronavirus has taken nearly 800,000 lives. And that number continues to rise, day by day.
Savor the little victories, but just remember the war is not over yet.
Cover image sourced from Reuters (via Tempo).