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Mending Relationships In Quarantine: Love And Humor In The Time Of Coronavirus
  • Amid the dreary backdrop of the coronavirus outbreak (2019-nCoV), these stories prove love conquers all.

    No virus tough enough

    The most popular story circulating the internet was carried by the South China Morning Post. It told the story of a Chinese bride who flew to India to marry her groom at the height of the coronavirus outbreak in her home country. Zhihao Wang, from China, was got to tie the knot with her long-time partner Satyarth Mishra, who is from India, in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh last February 2, the news read.

    The relatives of the bride were already in India for the big day even before New Delhi announced that Chinese passport holders and people living in China with electronic visas for India wouldn’t be able to enter. India canceled all visas for Chinese and foreigners who had been in mainland China over the past two weeks, starting February 4. 

    The best the couple could do in the situation was to allow a team of “five to six doctors and paramedics” to examine Wang’s parents and relatives daily following their arrival from China. Nobody showed symptoms, and everyone was cooperative, and so the wedding pushed through, according to the article.

    The pair met while studying in Canada five years ago and decided to marry in India as per Hindu rituals. They skipped their planned wedding ceremonies in China.

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    Mending relationships in quarantine

    Last February 5, 2020, Inquirer.net wrote about the story of Daniel Joseph Stone, an American professor from Wuhan who came to the Philippines to go to Tacloban and woo a former girlfriend and their daughter with a “grand vacation.” They were supposed to tour Cebu and Bohol, but fate had other plans.


    Having cough and fever when he arrived, Stone was placed in isolation at a government facility a day after he came, according to the article.

    He was quarantined with his former girlfriend, Tina, who also had to stay in the hospital for 14 days since she was in contact with a ‘person under investigation’ for 2019-nCoV infection.

    The two turned it into an opportunity to talk about their daughter, but the article added they skirted around the topic of their relationship. The two were released February 1 after they did not exhibit symptoms of virus infection while under quarantine.

    According to the article, Stone does not have immediate plans to go back to Wuhan, which Chinese authorities have placed on lockdown. He wants to stay a few more days in Tacloban and see “how things will turn out.”

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    Hand sanitizers instead of chocolates for Valentine

    With Valentine’s Day just four winks away, the Boston Globe Editorial Cartoon contributor A.J.B. Lane decided humor was the best way to cut the stress we are all catching from the continuing coronavirus outbreak. A few cartoon strips were all it took to get readers to smile — or laugh — behind their N95s.

    One strip shows a man dressed head to foot in a protective suit giving flowers to another person also dressed in a protective suit only to find out it wasn’t the ‘girl of his dreams’ but another man named Brian.Another strip showed a man handing a woman a heart-shaped gift box only to find out it was filled with hand sanitizers instead of the expected chocolates.

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    Music in the time of coronavirus

    The site Classic FM wrote about how the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is spreading “love and hope” with their beautiful music. Since the orchestra announced the cancellation of all their February concerts “to assist in preventing and controlling the epidemic situation,” they decided to share their music and play in “isolation” instead. 

    “To ease their anxiety and spread some love to the world, the musicians have been filming at-home videos with beautiful music and messages of comfort,” the article read.
    The videos showed the musicians dressed in their casual clothes while playing in small ensembles with their family members around. 

    The SSO Principal Cellist Huang Beixing and SSO violinist Su Ting are shown performing with their 11-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son.According to the site, Beixing, along with other SSO musicians are set to create a full video compilation called ‘Sound for Love, Together.’

    They also launched an online ‘Self-Isolated Music Pack’ that uses annotated music to ease people’s anxiety.’


    Music may not be a cure for the physical body, but it certainly is for the soul.


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