I am originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and my husband of more than 15 years is from Oakman, Alabama, and together we have two beautiful children. As a family, we moved to Taiwan in August 2019 in support of my husband’s job promotion. It was a huge transition, but it is also our second international experience as we lived in London for a little over four years. Although Taiwan proved to be beautiful, it was definitely a more significant adjustment.
Shortly after the Chinese New Year, at the end of January, we were informed schools were closing, and we were entering into a full self-quarantine. It lasted just under 30 days, and during this time, we were worried, concerned, stressed, and fearful of the unknown in the time ahead. As I learned more about the virus, I became particularly concerned because my son and I both have asthma. COVID-19 is a severe respiratory virus, and the fatalities were much higher for many of those with asthma who contracted the disease. Because of this, we were frightened.