'Self-isolation in Russian': an American spoke about his life in quarantine in Moscow
Correspondent "VOA»Charles Manes flew from the USA to Russia at the very height of the COVID-19 pandemic and was forced to spend two weeks in house imprisonment - according to the rules of self-isolation for people who arrived in the country from abroad. He outlined the features of quarantine life in Russia in his publication. Next - from the first person.
I flew from Washington to Moscow the day before Russia closed its borders for most international flights. It seemed dramatic. It was dramatic - until the moment I got to Moscow.
Russians really don't like to dramatize. Perhaps because they went through a lot in their history. All I know about was no tests at the border. No questions asked. No infrared thermal imagers measuring the temperature of the bodies of passengers arriving at the airport.
The customs officer noted that the next day the border for travelers from the United States will be closed.
“What are you going to do here?” He asked me.
“Well, I live and work here, so I think I'll just wait.”
They nodded and pressed the green button. They let me in.
When I got to the apartment where I live with my girlfriend, I called the hotline recently organized by the Russian government to inform me of my arrival from the US, a country that the Russian authorities recently declared the “dangerous” territory in which the outbreak of coronavirus occurred.
Strictly speaking, according to the rules introduced here, I now had no quarantine, but what the Russian authorities called "self-isolation." This is somewhat reminiscent of the measures taken by the Russian authorities in response to the coronavirus: in theory it sounds good, but in practice it leaves more questions than answers.
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