Accidental Tourist

Nevermind coronavirus, chickenpox will make you a social pariah

Turns out, having chickenpox can be quite an expensive and isolating ailment, as Griff Rhys Jones discovered

10 May 2020 - 00:00 By Griff Rhys Jones

When the coronavirus first arrived, I was in Vancouver, Canada. The epidemic had broken out in China. Frankly, this was a matter of concern. Vancouver has a proper Chinatown, and half the population had just got back from visiting relatives for the Chinese New Year.

I encountered a vast crowd of Chinese people coming down the street towards me, and I hesitated. I could cross the road and appear prejudiced, or I could walk through the middle of this crowd and potentially die...

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