Shanghai’s lockdown has been dragging on for five weeks and has sent the lives of Shanghai’s 25 million residents and foreigners into complete chaos.

One such person, a teacher from Waterloo, Canada, has shared her harrowing experience, what she called a “creepy experience,” in a zoom interview with the Canadian media “Waterloo Region Record.”

Friesen Weaver, a Shanghai Livingston American School teacher, said she had to undergo tests almost daily since the lockdown. Those who conduct these tests are Hazmat-suited workers, and residents usually call them “Big Whites” or “Dabai.”

The Waterloo teacher was also stressed over the thought of being forcibly taken to centralized quarantine facilities, known as “COVID camps.”

Friesen explained that she and other residents could not predict when and what would happen if she got a positive test result.

She said, “Most likely you’re going to get a call right away and they’re going to come and pick you up within 15 minutes after your call, or it could be a week. so there’s really no predicting.”

Friesen compared her experience in Shanghai lockdown with what her home country, Canada, offers its residents in the epidemic, “I guess the biggest lesson that I have learned is how amazing Canada is as a country, just the fact that this would absolutely never happen at home.”

She called Covid regulations and mask mandates in her home country “a tiny little chip at freedom,” compared with what she’s enduring in China, where she and others “are locked inside their apartments.”

The lockdown’s regulations even restrict her and others from stepping out of their apartments. They are only permitted to walk back and forth on an 80-meter strip of pavement and cannot pass by the connecting gate between the laneway and the street.

During the lockdown, Friesen depended on delivery services for food and necessities. It costs her up to $100 for three cases of bottled water. Meanwhile, she and other residents spent $100 to $200 on an emergency box of staples for a three-day delivery. For “group order,” it requires a minimum of $1,000 to place an order.

According to Friesen, images on social media showing how pets of people at Covid camps are treated have horrified audiences during the lockdown. They were put in enormous garbage bags and transferred for slaughter.

Therefore, the thought of contracting the virus even scares her more as she owns two cats in her apartment as her companions.

She said, “If I get carted off to a camp, it will be horrible, but I will survive, but I don’t know if I could secure a safe situation for them.”

Friesen has also shared her daily experience in her blog titled, ‘Living La Vida Lockdown: Documenting daily life in the world’s most draconian COVID-19 lockdown.’

Although Friesen does not mention her own name in the blog, she is still willing to confirm herself as its author.

The teacher, who has spent seven years living in China, said that she does not like the Chinese government to read it, but she is not saying anything that’s not true.

She further added that several articles spreading around are sharing the same thing. She explained, “I think in the past, people would have been more cautious, but in this situation, everyone’s saying that we need to share.”

She further added that several articles spreading around are sharing the same thing. She explained, “I think in the past, people would have been more cautious, but in this situation, everyone’s saying that we need to share.”

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