China Covid: Young people self-infect as fears for the elderly develop

They went to the Chaoyang health center in Beijing, where they were told to try other hospitals or sit in the ward on an IV drip.

His father managed to find a bed at every other clinic, but only through a one-time touch, and then he had an advanced lung infection.

The elderly Mr. Chen has now recovered, but his son says that a second infection at the destination could kill him.

3 years of covid prevention measures have been a waste and a total failure, he says, because the authorities relaxed controls too quickly

"The outbreak will return once more. For elderly humans, they can only anticipate their own fate," Chen says.

The final step in China's swift reversal of its controversial zero-Covid coverage comes Sunday when it reopens its borders for international travel.

With mass visitation, strict quarantines and sweeping lockdowns gone, families like Chen's are wary of what they find beforehand.

But younger Chinese, all of whom did not want to be named, have a different perception, with some telling the BBC they were willingly exposing themselves to pollution.

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