A US football star who got evacuated from Wuhan, the center of the coronavirus outbreak in China, has opened up about the situation and revealed how people are hiding and stocking up on foods amid the “frenzy.
Jarred Evans, who is originally a New Yorker, had been playing for Wuhan Berserkers during the last season when the outbreak suddenly had him trapped in the city of 11 million people.
Fortunately for the football star, he was one of around 200 US citizens that got airlifted from the virus-ridden city and quarantined at a California air base.
As Mr. Evans reached out to Daily Mail, he revealed how his most loyal fans are asking him if they could be quarantined together with him.
The football player has also shared pictures from the quarantine and claimed that the situation is being handled “very seriously but it’s also relaxed… we talk to each other outside.”
“We’re just happy to be home,” Evans said while thousands of other foreigners and millions of locals are still trapped in Wuhan.
As he went on to claim, the panic in the city started mid-January when his friends told him to stock up on foods and stay indoors as much as possible.
“I didn’t speak Chinese but my friends were like, ‘be careful.’ Three days later my friend said, ‘Go to the store now with a face mask and gloves and get as much as you can. They’re going to shut down the city,’” Evans recalled.
“I took it as a joke. I’m from New York which is a city of seven million people. In Wuhan there are 11 million. I’m thinking, they’re not going to shut down an entire city, but sure enough they did.
“It turned into a frenzy. People were fighting over masks, fighting over food. There were lines out the doors of stores. The shelves were empty.”
According to the footballer, he bought enough supplies to last him for up to a month after realizing the extent of the crisis.
“I was bracing myself to survive this for two or three weeks, a month in my home,” he added.
“Honestly, nobody went outside. Eleven million people are inside their homes. No one is going outside. It is a complete shutdown.”
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