In the weeks before I left for my job teaching English in Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei province, I worried about whether I would be a good teacher, how I would cope with spicy Sichuan cuisine every day and even whether Chinese girls would like me. I didn’t, however, give a thought to the possibility that a deadly disease—and the even more invasive rumors that accompanied it—would consume my life so fully that, in the end, I would count masks as I walked down the street, trying to time my breathing so I exhaled as I passed large groups of people in the congested city of eight million.
"The Last Page: the other SARS epidemic,"
Colby Magazine: Vol. 92
, Article 10.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/colbymagazine/vol92/iss3/10