Instead, the strategy was to enforce a lockdown until the virus was eliminated. The elementary school never bothered with more effective but disruptive policies—reducing class size, remodelling facilities, instituting outdoor learning—because the virus was not spreading in Chengdu. And, while the government hadn’t trusted people to set the terms of their own behavior during lockdown, it did depend heavily on their willingness to work hard for various organizations that fought the pandemic.
At the beginning of the pandemic and explosion of cases in the U.S., I certainly had more faith that we would outwit and escape it quickly, often laughing at the 'radical' and 'tyrannical' approach China took. But 170K deaths later in the U.S. makes you wonder if our sense of freedom over life will be the downfall of our 'melting pot' society.
This article was an excellent take from an American inside China. Really loved the perspective, and it certainly makes me want to live abroad as an adult to offer my children the exposure his daughters had.