#sol20- March 18, 2020
Wherever you are you are likely dealing with Covid-19. We are here too in Cambodia. It is a bit hard to separate truth from rumor here (as it may be where you are as well). Today I learned about some anti-foreigner issues that I did not know about. All but one (I think) of the confirmed cases in country so far are “imported” cases, meaning a foreigner tested positive. Officially we have 35 cases (a number that has tripled in the last 48 hours and is likely much higher) with over 1000 tested.
Today I heard that some stores have “no foreigner” signs on them-to shut out the virus. Already some businesses are closing up shop (not because they have been ordered to (yet), just that business is that bad. As a developing country, Cambodia has had some support from other countries for years, whereas in recent years there has been less of this support because there was more in place here than some nearby countries. With local businesses closing up there is really no safety net. with “foreigners” feeling unwelcome that adds another layer of complexity. I hope this rumor is not true.
Writing this down makes me see so many connections to big issues worldwide. I worry about this lovely country if the virus spreads much more here- there already are not many older Cambodians because of the Khmer Rouge regime and the aftermath. People age fast here- so I feel like even younger people are at more risk. The health care system is not very sophisticated.
Sorry for this depressing slice of what is on my mind right now.