Ever since China adopted its policy of eradicating all Covid-19 infection, foreigners have wondered if this could last. With each new, more contagious variant, “zero Covid” necessitated more vigilant and frequent crackdowns on daily activity.
And yet it lasted. And seen from inside China, the results are remarkable. Foreigners in Beijing for the Olympics may be confined to a dystopian bubble in constant fear of being quarantined. But outside the bubble, life in the city seems close to normal with shops, museums and offices in operation and subway and road traffic consistent with this time of year in 2019. Americans are not leaving than now Covid. Most Chinese have done so in 2020.